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Address: 14 S Hanchett St, Coldwater, MI 49036-1907
Phone Number: +1 517-278-6029
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Built in 1882, Tibbits Opera House features an exquisite, award-winning,...

Built in 1882, Tibbits Opera House features an exquisite, award-winning, French Second Empire exterior. It is among the oldest theatres in Michigan. Rich in history and ambiance, the theatre offers nearly perfect acoustics, an intimate 500-seat setting, and great entertainment year round. Shows vary from professional Summer Theatre, family shows, and an Entertainment Series of professional touring performers to community events, plays, musicals, concerts and variety shows. The building houses a permanent 19th century art collection and a unique community mural of "American Gothic." An art gallery exhibits shows by regional artists. Tours are available by appointment.

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Great restoration of a very old building

Loved the fact that the community restored their very old opera house and from the signs around town, they are continuing fund raisers to keep it in top shape. Beautiful area and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 25, 2016
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Topeka, Kansas
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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Loved the fact that the community restored their very old opera house and from the signs around town, they are continuing fund raisers to keep it in top shape. Beautiful area and building.

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Coldwater, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I often attend performances both during summer stock and community productions. The outside has recently been restored & it is beautiful. The interior is in the process of bring restored. It is worth a visit if in town.

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Kids had fun and didn't have a iPad to entertain them. Live people doing what they love. Historically significant building and a tribute to a community invested in the arts for 134 years! Worth the visit and we will do it again, again. FYI. This was our first visit and we live within an hour. Sad to not support local... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

How fortunate Coldwater is to have this historic treasure. Young people have a place to try their hand at acting and behind the scenes support. Performances are held throughout the year for all ages, everything from school programs to plays to 1960s music.

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Thank Miranda D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

I have never been to a bad show here. if its summer theatre, local production, Kids show or even a well known artist it is always an excellent show. The restoration is done on the outside, I can't wait to see what the inside looks like when it is done. If you have a chance see a production at the... More 

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Coldwater, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Tibbits Opera House is a historic theater. I've seen many plays and musicals there and the atmosphere makes them even more enjoyable.

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Coldwater, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

I just saw the middle school/high school play "The Little Mermaid" at Tibbits a couple weeks ago. They are restoring the building and it's just lovely. I can't wait to see it finished. The play was excellent! Nice to see such talent in our community, and in a lovely setting.

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Coldwater, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

Since moving to Coldwater 2 years ago, we've attended various events at Tibbits. The acoustics and ambience delight, although in summer, the AC lacks enough power. Volunteer ushers always so pleasant, and the summer theater offerings delight. There are also comedy and musical offerings through the year.

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Coldwater, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016

Great selection for a Summer Stock plays as well as local community plays and musicians. Their Popcorn Theatre is wonderful entertainment for young ones.

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Coldwater, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2016

If you come to Coldwater make sure you stop at Tibbits. Tibbits is a 134 year old building that is slowly being restored to it's original beauty. This theater has almost perfect acoustics. There is no need to over amplified microphones in this place with sound levels breaking the sound barrier. Try to see one of their summer stock shows.... More 

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