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Historic Homestake Opera House

313 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754-1604
+1 605-584-2067
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Step back to 1914!

We stopped at the Homestake Opera House hoping to see a particular display. We ended up getting a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura T
Rapid City, South Dakota
via mobile
Great old theater in the middle of restoration

We stopped in Lead for the day and had a most interesting and enlightening time. Sarah, the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shoreview, Minnesota
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Built in 1914 by the Homestake Gold Mine, "The Jewel of the Black Hills" survived a fire in 1984. This historic 24,000 sq. ft. performing arts venue hosts theatre, dance, and concerts - and also weddings and conference room space.
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313 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754-1604
+1 605-584-2067
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the Homestake Opera House hoping to see a particular display. We ended up getting a full tour from Dennes who actually put together displays in the interpretive center. He was informative & had lots of fun details. Our tour ended in the...More

Thank Laura T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in Lead for the day and had a most interesting and enlightening time. Sarah, the Director, gave us a most enthusiastic tour - including singing Ave Maria from the stage. My husband sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at the end of our visit....More

Thank pgl1206
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just visited the Homestake Opera House in Lead, South Dakota. The director, Sarah, gave a fascinating tour including singing onstage to demonstrate the acoustics. We found it worthwhile as well as the tour from the information center to the Homestake Mines highlighting the Sanford Underground...More

Thank Jenny W
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit-and th play was just excellent! Th acting was so fun as was th plot. We had a chance to see a little bit of the opera house and are anxious to come back. AND see more productions!

Thank Mctalker
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Our group of eight adults thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic tour of the Opera House. Sarah, our guide, made the tour so interesting. She was so informative on everything. She also sang on stage " Ava Maria" to let us hear the acoustics. Beautiful restored historical...More

Thank alsgully
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The restoration of the Opera House has been very well done. The museum quality displays are very interesting and give the visitor a sense of Lead in its heyday. On the evening I was in Lead, I was fortunate to attend a musical performance which...More

Thank sctraveler46
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

A must see when visiting the Blackhills! Take the guided tour and check out the Interpretive Center. On our tour the tour guide sang "Ava Maria" from the stage while we sat in the opera house seats - Amazing.

Thank orediggers92
Reviewed 15 July 2016

We were told on our tour of Homestake mine that we should stop by the opera house. What a great idea! We met Sarah, who is the coordinator for the opera house and restoration manager. The opera house had burned and she was working with...More

Thank Cathy C
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This opera house was so special before it burned. It was sad to see it go but, the restoration of the building is wonderful. Like stepping back in time! Wish i could have seen a play!

Thank Melina B
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed Mother's Day with our mother taking her back in time for this Lawrence Welk parody. They did a wonderful job! I was in awe of this beautiful building. Although the theater still needs renovations, the sound was wonderful and the feeling of living...More

Thank BSB912
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Susan C
We are visiting March 5th through the 10 and was wondering is there is a show at that time and what is the cost to tour?
13 February 2017|
Response from Mctalker | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest calling them on both questions 6055842067 I also checked the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish. I am very involved with them. there is a Bellman Brown Bag on that Wed noon to 1 free not a play and totally... More