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“Beautiful facility; TC is lucky to have it.”
Review of City Opera House

City Opera House
Ranked #32 of 116 things to do in Traverse City
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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
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Attended a concert here in April. Beautiful grand old lady of a venue. Volunteer ushers were friendly and helpful. Bar on the second floor is nice and I appreciate how you are able to bring your beverage into the venue. Appreciated how they had signs saying it was a seated concert due to the historical significance of the building; wish I could remember the elegant way they worded it. Basically – it is an old building; stay seated. Sound system was appropriate for the size of the venue. Seats were roomy in the balcony (third row), leg room however was at a premium. I am 5’7” and my knees were killing me at the end of the evening. I felt very sorry for the guy well over 6’0” in front of me. I’ve sat in the boxes previously and on the floor and haven’t had issues with leg room. I really wish they would allow you to use the alternate exits at the end of the show to help clear the building. It takes such a long time to exit when you are in the balcony with just one main staircase to clear the entire Opera House. I don’t care if they are ugly utilitarian exits; they must be functioning due to fire codes, so please just let us use them! So pleased with the artists that are making their way to Traverse City.

Thank upnorth98
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Beautiful architecture, lovingly restored. Interesting events (like National Writer's Series) and performances (like Arlo Guthrie concert). Great ambience. Seats could be more comfortable.

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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.

Thank rdsw
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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. .

Thank GrandmaOzark
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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.

Thank TheWash
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