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Piper's Opera House

Virginia City, NV
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Type: Theaters, Operas
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The current Piper's, built in 1885, is the third opera house built by John Piper. John Piper was an extremely industrious gentleman with a highly... more »
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Very informative guide. Tours are $3 per person. The building has a neat history but has been remodeled a fair bit. It is still an active theater and can be booked for private events like weddings. Interestingly, the school district owns the building and all the tour money and other profit goes to support the local schools.

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We wanted to visit a true historic venue in Virginia City and decided on the Piper opera house. The place is truly a step back in time and we were surprised by the artists that had performed there such as Caruso and Houdini. It was nice to get a little off the beaten path and enjoy, in private, a really... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

What a thrill to actually be transported back in time to the era of the gold rush! The city is exceptionally well maintained and vibrant, with many people still inhabiting the upper apartments Of the storefronts and nearby homes. The saloons are still pouring drinks and live music is wafting out of the open doors. There are horse drawn carriage... More

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Rocklin, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This is the 3rd rebuilt Pipers Opera House since the other two were destroyed, so it is still historic, but I would have loved to have seen the original. It is slowly being renovated back to it's glory days and hopefully will one day be fully restored. It was fascinating to hear about all the many famous people in history... More

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Reno, Nevada
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132 reviews 132 reviews
45 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I have been to plays and weddings here. I love this place. It really takes you back to the old west at it's best!

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

You say you want to see a place from the Old West, I mean the Old West of the Comstock silver and gold mining era of the 1860s! It’s not Knotts-Berry-Farm or Universal-City “real”. VIRGINIA CITY is the real deal. There, in the mountains about 45 minutes away from RENO, are authentic streets with wooden buildings, saloons, (particularly fun with... More

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Sparks, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This was the place I got married at almost two weeks ago. I'll tell you this was the most perfect place And I was honored to be able to to use this venue. Toni was the person we had to contact to get things rolling and she was awesome! The building provided Elegance to my photos. Best building in Virginia... More

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San Diego, Ca
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

It was incredibly large and amazingly restored. It has a lot of history. One of the better restored buildings in Virginia City. This opera house is used by the community for school functions, plays, graduations, music, dances and more. The school district actually absorbed this building into their control. It is a must see in town. It even has the... More

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Folsom, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Again staying with the time travelling theme. All the Victorian/Steampunk costumes fit in so perfect with the decor of the large ballroom upstairs.

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Hesperia, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We've been traveling to Virginia City twice a year now for awhile and EVERY TIME we go it's closed! :(

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