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City Opera House

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Address: 106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2509
Phone Number: +1 231-941-8082
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Traverse City's City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction for...

Traverse City's City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction for quality arts and cultural entertainment, public and private gatherings and educational programming, located in the heart of downtown, on Front Street, in Traverse City, MI.

City Opera House's versatile design allows the venue to function as a state-of-the-art 700-seat theater while providing the flexibility to clear the main floor of seating for large gatherings. Enjoy a performance!

Unparalleled Victorian charm, superior acoustic quality, and an accessible location all add up to a unique public environment in the heart of downtown Traverse City. City Opera House is an ideal multi- season venue for weddings, corporate events, private events and more. Host your event!

City Opera House is open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday 10 am - 5pm EST. Come take a look!

About the City Opera House

The City Opera House is one of six historically intact Victorian opera houses in Michigan and boasts a rich history as a cornerstone of culture in the Grand Traverse region. Since opening its doors in 1891, this elegant historic theater has hosted everything from plays, concerts and operettas, to gala balls, social functions, community festivals and celebrations. The "Grand Old Lady," as she is lovingly known, has served as a community gathering space for more than a century.

The City Opera House was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Soon after, a committed group of inspired citizens led efforts to faithfully restore this cultural gem to its former grandeur and preserve it for generations to come. Its dramatic barrel vault ceiling, fresco paintings, gold leaf accents and Victorian styling offer residents and visitors a vibrant, one-of-a-kind venue for a diverse array of events.

In 1891, three Traverse City businessmen - Anton Bartak, Frank Votruba, and Charles Wilhelm - had a vision: Build a community gathering place in the heart of downtown that would serve as a vibrant venue to cultivate continued growth and

prosperity of the region.

Continuing the mission of these visionaries, City Opera House is focusing on three areas to preserve this community treasure:

1. Performing Arts Series presented in a professionally equipped facility

2. Community Event Space with historic charm and unparalleled service

3. Youth Arts Education Programs that inspire creative thinking and self-confidence

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Beautiful little theater, lovely old building

We saw "Ernie" here and it was a lovely evening in a darling old theater. There is artwork on all the walls by local artists and it is for sale. Double treat loved the theater... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Detroit, MI
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Detroit, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We saw "Ernie" here and it was a lovely evening in a darling old theater. There is artwork on all the walls by local artists and it is for sale. Double treat loved the theater and play and came home with a cool new piece of art.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Purchased 6 V.I.P. tickets for "Ernie" which included a reception with play write Mitch Albom. Poor communication from venue re: VIP pkg & times. Reception consisted of over-cooked hotdogs & over-seasoned chips with a drink coupon for a poor selection of cheap wine/beer - nothing to support local vineyards/micro breweries. No place to sit--not even cocktail rounds. Enjoyed Mitch &... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss attending a production of your choice in our beautifully renovated Opera House. Absolutely amazing acoustics, comfortable seating and architectural delights (be sure to check out the ceiling), with easily accessible restrooms and elevator.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

But seats are painfully cramped. If you have long legs it's worse than flying. But it can project an intimate setting and is a lovely building. Parking for an event is a true pain, especially if you need handicap parking, like I did. Everyone walks to this venue, regardless of ability.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

The entrance to the Opera House is a doorway located between adjacent businesses on the south side of front street between Cass and Union (closer to Union) and can be easy to miss if you aren't looking for it. The Opera House itself is located in the rar of th building. It hosts a wide variety of entertainment throughout the... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a lovely historical building in downtown TC. Went to an wedding there that was dramatic and classy.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

This remodeled venue fits the bill . Inside a comfortable theater setting with nostalgic charm. I always feel like I am part of the community when seeing an event within the confines of this place. THe city of Traverse City has spent big funds on capturing the allure of the Opera House. If you get a chance to see a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

Traverse city's opera house takes you back in time. From the time you walk in the door, till you sit down in your seat. The hand crafted, and, painted ceiling and unique balconies make you think you should have a bussel on your dress. Not to big, not to small. Just enough to be comfortable.. Usually, great entertainers perform every... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

It's an incredible venue. A beautifully restored, historic theater ... with world-class events, as well. We're so fortunate to have it here in Traverse City!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

The caliber of performances at the City Opera House are beyond expectations every time. The historic venue is THE place in Traverse City For the performing arts. Whether you live here or are visiting...check out the lineup and go see a show at the City Opera House!!

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