Rochester Opera House

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Rochester Opera House
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cdooley252
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Friends
This amazing venue is Rich in history, and charm. Along with that comes a wide variety of shows and entertainment. They really do try to have something for everyone. Just keep in mind with all the history and charm you are definitely not getting a lazy boy recliner, overall it's still a great show.
Written February 11, 2020
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Cindy F
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Have never been disapointed. The building is beautiful. The sound is perfection. The ushers and staff pleasant and helpful. Diverse talent. Somethng for everyone. Refreshing to be able to see great talent without having to travel.
Written March 14, 2020
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,469 contributions
Solo
This is my favorite local venue for entertainment.

I’ve been attending performances of music, theater, ballet, modern dance, and comedy here since soon after it reopened following restoration in 1997.

The Rochester Opera House is quite unique. It was built inside in the middle City Hall in 1908. Today, it is the only remaining theatre with a mechanism that lowers and levels the orchestra floor. It was patented by George Gilman Adams, an area resident. It takes 45 minutes to raise or lower the floor. The rear of the theater moves approximately one inch per minute. With the floor leveled, the theatre becomes a night club with a dance floor.

The beautiful detailed Victorian stenciling all around the theater was restored a few years ago.

Over the years, I’ve seen singer B.J. Thomas, Maine humorist Tim Sample, The Five Irish Tenors, renowned classical flamenco guitarist Charo, Harvey Robbins’ Royalty of Doo-Wopp and Royalty of Rock & Roll shows, prima ballerina Edra Toth’s The Nutcracker, the musical “Forever Plaid,” James Montgomery Blues Band, Ernie and the Automatics with J. Geils, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Sole City Dance, The Strafford Wind Symphony, and numerous others.

It was a favorite venue for the late Tommy Makem, the world-famous Irish folk singer from Dover who emerged as a solo artist from Tommy Makem & The Clancy Brothers.

My most-recent visits were for a Friday night performance by The Strafford Wind Symphony with the Granite State Choral Society and a Saturday night performance by the extraordinary and versatile blues-jazz guitarist Johnny A. and his band. Both were just fabulous!

The best things about attending performances here are:
● Quality of performers and shows offered
● Reasonable ticket prices
● Intimate atmosphere of this mid-sized venue
● Excellent acoustics and expert sound crew
● Free parking in the lot out back or out front on North Main Street
● Refreshments available during intermission
● Cash bar available during some performances
● Hassle-free exit from parking afterwards
● No traffic jams to deal with after a performance
● Proximity to restaurants

The wooden seats used to have cushions but do not now. Those who have issues with hard wooden seats for over an hour should bring a seat cushion.

This venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator at ground level. There are spaces for wheelchairs inside the opera house.

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Written May 28, 2015
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Tracie P
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Couples
Went for the entertainment that night in the center balcony,great seats,yet being short we did move during intermission to the side balcony,seats and floor are on a slant so if you have balance issues it could be a problem.I will say the historic charm and stage is fantastic.I plan to go to more events,maybe on the first floor.Truly a great place.
Written March 15, 2018
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,469 contributions
Friends
At any performance I’ve attended at the Rochester Opera House, the acoustics have always been excellent. But, the system was updated to a new state-of-the-art equipment in the spring of 2016.

Since the installation, I’ve attended several performances, including a concert by the Strafford Wind Symphony, a disco dance party with Motor Booty Affair, and “Shout! The Mod Musical.” The acoustics for each were fabulous.

The two latter performances were staged with the house floor level and the theater seats removed. A limited number of cabaret tables were scattered around the house floor for these performances.

The Rochester Opera House is the only remaining theater with a floor that goes up and down to accommodate both tilted theater seating and level dance floor/cabaret seating. It’s quite unique.

I highly recommend attending a concert, play, musical, or dance party Rochester Opera House. It’s one of the mid-sized venues in Lakes Region.

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Written February 26, 2017
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jroihl
Cambridge, MA1,808 contributions
Family
I was in town for a concert here which our son was involved in. The area was new to me. The Opera house is like many old movie theaters with the wooden seats that flip up and get pretty hard if you sit long. It was full for the performance we attended and acoustics were decent. There are several free parking lots around but get there early if you don't want to walk a distance. We parked at the bank next door after hours as others did too.

Don't be surprised when the address lands you at the City Hall. The Opera House is in the same building with entrance on the side.

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Written May 17, 2015
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Brian W
Farmington, NH22 contributions
Friends
Great wrap around seating close personal theater . Offers a wide selection of plays ,musical acts, comedies . Plenty of parking out back and in the surrounding areas, worth a visit
Written August 6, 2018
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7dayweekends365
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Couples
Have seen many shows there...latest was Asleep at the Wheel...great venue...intimate setting...the place is a time capsule...not a bad seat in the house...
Written June 18, 2018
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Skip S
Rochester, NH8 contributions
This is a great place to catch a show, listen to music, and enjoy the craftsmanship and acoustics of one of last remaining town "halls" in new England
Written October 3, 2017
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andrejammindj
Rochester, NH5 contributions
Great shows, variety of venues. Always enjoyed the shows I watch here. The theater is great, it has a moving floor.
Written February 13, 2017
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