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“Civil War Memorial”

Memorial Opera House
Ranked #4 of 24 things to do in Valparaiso
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

This 1893 building is dedicated to the ..:soldiers and sailors of the Civil War..."
It has been used as a memorial hall, vaudeville stage, and home to community theatre
since 1955...The Community Theatre Guild is credited for saving this wonderful venue.
Musical theatre is the big draw with "brown bag" concerts at lunchtime.

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Reviewed 14 April 2013

Once you walk in you are taken back in time. In the foyer are plaques and pictures, and newspaper clippings. Inside the Opera House looks much as it did years ago. It is a snug, friendly atmosphere and watching enything on the stage here is intimate and exciting. Love the architecture and the seating. The whole experience is a treasure and the building is a symbol of times past. Loved it!

Thank Joe S
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

The place is very old, and terribly underfunded for the infrastructure work it needs. However, I have very warm memories of seeing singer/songwriter Michael McDermott here......as well as a fun production of "Oklahoma." Sound quality is okay, and seating is old but okay. Staff is FANTASTIC: friendly, extremely helpful, warm, welcoming: what a difference from some Chicago venues. btw, history buffs: John Philip Sousa performed here!

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Reviewed 28 December 2012

Wonderful venue--saw a very well done community theater play there. Lovely restored opera house, lots of vintage charm and comfortable seats as well

Thank Sara S
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

This was our first time here and didn't really know what we were getting ourselves into. We had a blast. The theater is on the smaller size which also means there really isn't a bad seat in the house. The staff was excellent and very friendly. The performance was absolutely wonderful and well acted. They use more talent here and less digital. I prefer that. Seating wise it would help if we were taller because there is not a lot of angle in this theater but it wasn't bad. For the price its hard to beat. It you drove to chicago you would have just paid for your parking or sat in the last row. We enjoyed it and plan on coming back often.

Thank jgflys
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