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Historic Homestake Opera House

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Address: 313 West Main Street, Lead, SD 57754
Phone Number: 605-584-2067

Built in 1914 by the Homestake Gold Mine, "The Jewel of the Black...

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.

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A Great Find

We were told on our tour of Homestake mine that we should stop by the opera house. What a great idea! We met Sarah, who is the coordinator for the opera house and restoration... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cathy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were told on our tour of Homestake mine that we should stop by the opera house. What a great idea! We met Sarah, who is the coordinator for the opera house and restoration manager. The opera house had burned and she was working with the board of directors to restore it. What has been done so far, is just... More 

Thank Cathy C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This opera house was so special before it burned. It was sad to see it go but, the restoration of the building is wonderful. Like stepping back in time! Wish i could have seen a play!

Thank Melina B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed Mother's Day with our mother taking her back in time for this Lawrence Welk parody. They did a wonderful job! I was in awe of this beautiful building. Although the theater still needs renovations, the sound was wonderful and the feeling of living history was exciting. The lobby has been beautifully restored!

Thank BSB912
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Great tour of a well constructed opera house. If you appreciate good architecture and engineering, this is a must see. The acoustics are just about the best there is available. They are doing a great job of restoration after a fire while bringing the building up to code. Bad part is there is no sign that tours are by reservations... More 

Thank RenoLori
Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

It is by appointment currently so call the mum ton the web site. Building is beautiful and the guide did a great job of covering the history of this building. Highly recommended

Thank advcards
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

What a hidden gem! We have had the privilege of not only touring this amazing historic structure, but performing on the stage! The history of the Homestake Opera House is a wonderful story. Don't miss out on touring the building-the underground pool is crazy cool, and the staff clearly love their jobs. The Opera House works hard to bring in... More 

Thank Stacey P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

This is such an important part of history!!! Can't be missed!!! Beautiful architecture, amazing stories, great staff!! Amazing shows! Put it on your bucket list!

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Thank Sharon M
Spearfish, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

What a great venue - history and an awesome performance venue. the renovations are ongoing and see the old and the new is very interesting. A fire in the 1980s damaged this old building but recent renovations are bringing it back to life as a major venue in downtown Lead. Visit when you have a chance!

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

Thanks so much for making the time to stop in and see, hear and be touched by this story. An Interpretive Center is being built in the former library space, so be sure to come back and see the story come to life in this space! More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

15+- years ago the Opera House sustained significant fire damage. Although the restoration has along ways towards completion, the work completed and/or in progress is well worth the time of the traveler to visit history. Photos, paintings and other exhibits are available to view. Check on opera house entertainment schedule prior to arrival. Very good local talent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

A 1914 building that is being restored, it's a must see if you love history or the performing arts. They have lots of performances all year haven't seen a bad show yet. The tours are great and if your lucky enough to get the Executive Director you will get a treat to hear her sing and the sound it the... More 

Thank Shanon M

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