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“Interesting piece of CO history needs help to survive”
Review of Tabor Opera House

Tabor Opera House
Ranked #13 of 38 things to do in Leadville
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Interesting piece of CO history needs help to survive”
Reviewed 6 March 2013

This is a must stop for anyone visting the area. The history and architecture are amazing, right down to original flooring, hardware and fixtures. It is dusty and dark, but we had a lot of fun poking our noses into rooms, closets and corners. We are not the type that needs a guided tour and the volunteer on duty that day was happy to talk to us and answer questions when we were done. Keep in mind that this place is run by volunteers and depends on a non profit foundation, your entry fees and donations for restoration and repairs. This also means that often there is only one volunteer working on any given day and not able to provide guided tours. So enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, take a trip back in time and marvel at the opulence and beauty that was brought to help civilize a rough mining town.

Visited September 2012
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Colorado Springs, CO
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A step through history”
Reviewed 20 November 2012

Entering the Opera House will transport you immediately back in time to the opulence that was once Leadville. Although in need to restoration this is history as it was. Take a few moments to sit the the seats-you can close your eyes and feel those of the past around you. This is a great place to visit and make sure you go under the stage as well as to look up when you are on the stage!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank QueenPalmer
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A great theater suffers from a poor presentation”
Reviewed 6 October 2012

This was really disappointing. Indifferent personnel ruined what could have been a wonderful experience. The disinterested staff failed to inform us of our options so we lost a chance to see a part of the theater not part of the regular tour. We watched a short video and then were turned loose to wander around the semi darkened theater wondering what we were seeing. A better time would be spent around the corner down 3rd street at the House with the Eye. There the staff took an interest and gave a great tour.

Visited August 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Tabor Opera House And Much More”
Reviewed 9 August 2012

Historic Leadville Colorado so much to see. Back in the 1800's lived the wealthy Tabor family to which many attractions/buildings had been named after. Mr Horace Tabor built the Tabor Opera House in 1882. You will see the old victorian decor and can just imagine the plays that were performed there. Also highly recommended is the history of the Tabor family and his second wife Baby Doe. The wealth and fortune obtained from the silver mines, later to be broke
After his death,Baby Doe ended up alone and in poverty living in a cabin for decades. Besure to read the history of the Tabor family, very interestng. The Opera House, The cabin, Silver minds,
the victorian homes, the Silver Dollar Saloon, ALL very interesting and a step back in time. As you approach Leadville you will see an old red school house in the open field and in the background the Rocky Mts., very picturesque. Leadville is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains a Another interesting fact is that Doc Holiday also moved here.

Visited September 2011
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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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335 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
“History of the Tabors, and Leadville”
Reviewed 26 July 2012

Was a great old theater....saw an awesome show of the history of the Tabor family and Leadville that was presented by Pocket Watch Productions out of Manitou Springs. Love it, you should see it yourself......

Visited July 2012
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