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Historic Homestake Opera House

313 West Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
605-584-2067
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Ranked #5 of 15 Attractions in Lead
Type: Theaters
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Historic Homestake Opera House tour is a must for anyone visiting the Black Hills. It's well worth the time. Although the street construction makes it necessary to enter the Opera House from the back, that simply means that you'll see some of the historic photos as you enter. While the restoration after a devastating fire in 1984 is a... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The tour I took of the Opera House was the highlight of my trip to the Black Hills. Sarah did a terrific job of explaining the history, the fire and the restoration of this beautiful opera house. You will learn the history of Lead and Homestake Mining Company because it is all tied up in the opera house....." The jewel... More

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West Yellowstone, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

What a wonderful venue...it's a must see even for a tour or if you get the chance see one of the performances that take place on the stage, you won't regret it.

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sarasota
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32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The docent for our visit was also a board member and had lots of information to impart about the origins, fire, and current restoration project. This was a complete recreation center in the big days of the Homestake mine, with bowling lanes below, a library, etc. They have come a long way in the restoration, which many parts of the... More

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Pierre
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Still a work in progress to restore following a devastating fire in the 1980s. However, much of the original architecture can been seen, and the exterior structure remains largely intact. A beautiful old building.

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Hamilton, Montana
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

First time here for the Lawrence Welk parody show. This place is full of history, currently under restoration, you can still see the black residue from the fire thru out the stage and ceiling.

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creativecarlson, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this review

We're very glad you were able to attend the Champagne Variety Show, as it's one of our annual fundraisers we get to feature on the stage. The performers have a great time with it - especiall 'Lorrence Velk.' Thank you for the review. See you again soon. More

rapid city, sd
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172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

When we visited here to see a play, the theatre was still being restored after a very bad fire, but you could see how great this place was, and hopefully will be again. Very cool venue.

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creativecarlson, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We also know it will be gorgeous when fully completed - and we can't wait until that day. We appreciate the comments, and thank you for sharing the story. More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This is an historic place that was built to give the Miner's in Lead a place to go and do things. It was first used as a recreation center for the miners. They have local musicals/plays performed there. On the tour, you will hear about the tragic fire in 1984 and see how they are refurbishing the building to make... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Excellent example of restoration in process. They hold many events throughout the year to raise money for the fire damagefrom the 1980's. It'll be gorgeous when complete.

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creativecarlson, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing the story, and for taking a leisurely walk in downtown Lead. This large building truly is a 'diamond in the rough' with all of the rock, hills and trees to view from the steep city streets. See you again soon for a tour. More

Black Hills of South Dakota
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2010

During a leisurely walk around the main street of Lead following our tour of the Homestake Mine, my wife and I discovered the Historic Homesake Opera House. A truly grand facility built by the Homestake Mining Company in 1914, as the Homestake Opera House and Recreation Center, suffered a devestating fire in 1984. After languishing for many years a group... More

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