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“Pity it was not open”

Opera House at Emmet Place
Ranked #4 of 14 Concerts & Shows in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Cork Opera House is southern Ireland’s premiere venue for world-class entertainment. It offers the best in Irish and international concerts, comedy, drama, dance, family fare, musicals and opera in a newly-renovated 1000-seat theatre and in the 100-seat Half Moon Theatre. Located in the heart of vibrant Cork City for more than 150 years.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pity it was not open”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

In a city with limited visitor attractions an opportunity has been misssed. I realise that this is not Milan or Vienna but surely short tours could be organised giving information about Opera in Cork and the history of the Opera House!

Visited February 2013
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Cork, Ireland
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160 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“City center live entertainment”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

The Cork Opera house is a thriving busy theatre in the heart of the city. It hosts many worldwide performances from, bands, opera's, ballets, musicals, dance, and all types of plays. It has a very tasty cafe on the ground floor serving great coffe and hot snacks. It also hosts a fantastic bar for and sweet shop.

Visited January 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Better staff organisation would make this place excellent”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Had a poor experience here recently. I purchased two tickets well in advance and another two tickets for friends closer to the date of the show. The friends were told as they handed over their tickets "sorry your seats no longer exist as they were taken out for the panto" , they made their way to the box office where theybhad to Q and were given two new tickets which turned out to be the same seats as ours. Back they had to go to obtain replacement tickets. This should have been sorted out initially by staff. If tickets have been purchased for seats which no longer exist then I woukd expect staff to be at pains to sort it out swiftly. The show - DES Bishop- as unfunny as I have ever seen - left at the interval- life is too short!

Visited December 2012
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Cork, Ireland
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133 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great venue, wide choice”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

I've been to a number of very different shows in this place and am always impressed by the variety, from 'straight' Shakespeare to experimental music, from cinema to multi-media events.
There's a nice vibe, the foyer has a very good little cafe which is great for lunch or pre-concert drinks and the venue itself is fairly comfortable (no less so than similarly-sized theatres and opera houses I've been in). Also, nowhere is too far from the action onstage.
There's a smaller venue associated with the Opera House, the Half Moon Theatre, round the back, which is much more rough and ready but you do find some very interesting things in there.
Cork Opera House is in the city centre and so is easy to get to as well as having proper parking nearby. Just be aware that if you park in Paul Street Car Park (a nearby 'proper' car park) it closes at midnight - most shows are well over by then but keep it in mind.

Visited November 2012
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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I was there to see a show recently and as we were early I had a coffee which was small for the price and very very strong not very nice. As I looked around I was obviously interested in the open kitchen wherein I saw how things were being cooked and said to myself thank God I didn't purchase any food. The chef was sweating considerably and should have been wearing a hat he constantly wiped his sweating brow on his hand and arm and continued cooking. He was also drinking a beer whilst cooking. The people using the till handling money also delivered coffee to tables with truffles they had picked up with their fingers and then wiped their hands on their trousers. Very unclean yeeeeeuk

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Matt M
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