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Historic Homestake Opera House

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Cowboy Christmas

We went to the Cowboy Christmas (there has been 9 Years of the Cowboy Christmas programs). Again... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2018
Rapid City, South Dakota
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A theater built by a gold mine

From its construction in 1914 until a catastrophic fire in 1984, the Homestake Opera House was the... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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Built in 1914 by the Homestake Gold Mine the building boasted a billiards hall, bowling alley, library, 1,000-seat theater, and a 25-yd. heated indoor swimming pool. The elaborately designed building survived a theater fire in 1984 and sat empty for...more
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313 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754-1604
+1 605-584-2067
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Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

We went to the Cowboy Christmas (there has been 9 Years of the Cowboy Christmas programs). Again this one was as beautiful as the others. We enjoy going to events here and supporting their efforts to restore this beautiful building that had been severely damaged...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

From its construction in 1914 until a catastrophic fire in 1984, the Homestake Opera House was the center of community life and lifelong education in Lead, South Dakota. Today, the Historic Opera House Society is dedicated to its restoration use and preservation for future generations....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

I stopped by to try and get a peak and ended up with a private tour for a donation I was happy to give. This Opera house was the beart and soul of the community and tragically it was gutted in a fire. The space...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

This was the highlight of my visit to Lead. I had an EXCELLENT tour guide whose name was Katie. She gave me a wonderful tour of the opera house and filled me in with the very interesting history of the Homestake Mining Company and the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Folks, go see this place and check it out! Such an undiscovered wonder in Lead, SD, with tickets *extremely affordable* and fantastic shows throughout the year. Truly an amazing place to go to any time of the year! Seriously, check this place out!!!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We were privileged to have Chris bring the Opera House and it's story to life for us through her dynamic tour presentation. She sang for us to demonstrate the amazing acoustics in the theater . The wood work is exquisite. Don't miss the new Interpretive...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We had a wonderful time at the Homestake Opera House in Lead today. They were setting uo for the Shane Owens concert so no official tours. However, Sarah gave us a quick tour and sang for us to demonstrate the amazing acoustics...and her beautiful voice....More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

We stopped and took the tour. It was fun to see the inside and hear the history and how it all came about. The upstairs has more information of all things that it had when it was built. My son had fun too. I would...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

We stopped at the Homestake Opera House hoping to see a particular display. We ended up getting a full tour from Dennes who actually put together displays in the interpretive center. He was informative & had lots of fun details. Our tour ended in the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Laura T
Sarah C, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thank you so much for making the time. The amazing story of "A Theater Built By A Gold Mine" is a beautiful one. See you again sometime!

Reviewed 1 June 2017

We stopped in Lead for the day and had a most interesting and enlightening time. Sarah, the Director, gave us a most enthusiastic tour - including singing Ave Maria from the stage. My husband sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at the end of our visit....More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Sarah C, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

We are so very touched by your comments - thank you! With your help, we can go far. Sincere appreciation, Sarah Carlson HHOH Executive Director

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Susan C
13 February 2017|
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I would suggest calling them on both questions 6055842067 I also checked the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish. I am very involved with them. there is a Bellman Brown Bag on that Wed noon to 1 free not a play and totally... More