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“National Writers Series & concerts”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of City Opera House

City Opera House
Ranked #30 of 106 things to do in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Traverse City's City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction for quality arts and cultural entertainment, public and private gatherings and educational programming, located in the heart of downtown, on Front Street, in Traverse City, MI. City Opera House's versatile design allows the venue to function as a state-of-the-art 700-seat theater while providing the flexibility to clear the main floor of seating for large gatherings. Enjoy a performance! Unparalleled Victorian charm, superior acoustic quality, and an accessible location all add up to a unique public environment in the heart of downtown Traverse City. City Opera House is an ideal multi- season venue for weddings, corporate events, private events and more. Host your event! City Opera House is open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday 10 am - 5pm EST. Come take a look! About the City Opera House The City Opera House is one of six historically intact Victorian opera houses in Michigan and boasts a rich history as a cornerstone of culture in the Grand Traverse region. Since opening its doors in 1891, this elegant historic theater has hosted everything from plays, concerts and operettas, to gala balls, social functions, community festivals and celebrations. The "Grand Old Lady," as she is lovingly known, has served as a community gathering space for more than a century. The City Opera House was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Soon after, a committed group of inspired citizens led efforts to faithfully restore this cultural gem to its former grandeur and preserve it for generations to come. Its dramatic barrel vault ceiling, fresco paintings, gold leaf accents and Victorian styling offer residents and visitors a vibrant, one-of-a-kind venue for a diverse array of events. In 1891, three Traverse City businessmen - Anton Bartak, Frank Votruba, and Charles Wilhelm - had a vision: Build a community gathering place in the heart of downtown that would serve as a vibrant venue to cultivate continued growth and prosperity of the region. Continuing the mission of these visionaries, City Opera House is focusing on three areas to preserve this community treasure: 1. Performing Arts Series presented in a professionally equipped facility 2. Community Event Space with historic charm and unparalleled service 3. Youth Arts Education Programs that inspire creative thinking and self-confidence
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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89 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“National Writers Series & concerts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

City Opera House is the perfect venue for an author discussion at NWS. Highly organized staff and helpful. Concerts are a treat here too. Great acoustics, not a bad seat.

Visited April 2013
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Big Rapids, Michigan
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Always a great evening of entertainment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

We usually attend several different performances throughout the year. There is always a great variety to choose from. Prices are very reasonable especially for the caliber of entertainment offered. Order tickets in advance for three or more shows and you get a discount. .

Visited April 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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156 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Very nice Private Affair”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

We attended a wedding reception here. It was very very nice. The service was superior. The food was 'good'. The facility was wonderfully perfect. It's not well marked on the busy Front Street.... and the street traffic is congested. But this was a great affair. We attended a family wedding here. Very pretty place.

Visited June 2013
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Lake City, MI
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104 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

The old Opera House sits downtown Traverse City. After much love and sweat has gone into the renovations, it is restored to it's majestic beauty. I usually end up there during the Film Festival in August.

Visited August 2012
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