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“A moving experience”

Historic Homestake Opera House
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Lead
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Owner description: Built in 1914 by the Homestake Gold Mine, "The Jewel of the Black Hills" survived a fire in 1984. This historic 24,000 sq. ft. performing arts venue hosts theatre, dance, and concerts - and also weddings and conference room space.
Broomfield, Colorado
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56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A moving experience”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The tour I took of the Opera House was the highlight of my trip to the Black Hills. Sarah did a terrific job of explaining the history, the fire and the restoration of this beautiful opera house. You will learn the history of Lead and Homestake Mining Company because it is all tied up in the opera house....." The jewel of the Black Hills!

Visited July 2014
1 Thank dholstein
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West Yellowstone, Montana
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3 reviews
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“History being rebuilt”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

What a wonderful venue...it's a must see even for a tour or if you get the chance see one of the performances that take place on the stage, you won't regret it.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank W M
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100 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Interesting old opera house”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

The docent for our visit was also a board member and had lots of information to impart about the origins, fire, and current restoration project. This was a complete recreation center in the big days of the Homestake mine, with bowling lanes below, a library, etc.

They have come a long way in the restoration, which many parts of the building showing their original beauty, but they still have millions of dollars to raise and spend to complete the job. Plays, music, weddings, etc can be held here in the meantime. It is obviously very important to the residents of Lead as well as its historic importance.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank beachqueen2225
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“Grand old opera house”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Still a work in progress to restore following a devastating fire in the 1980s. However, much of the original architecture can been seen, and the exterior structure remains largely intact. A beautiful old building.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Bill N
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Hamilton, Montana
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181 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Lawrence Welk Show!”
Reviewed 19 November 2012

First time here for the Lawrence Welk parody show. This place is full of history, currently under restoration, you can still see the black residue from the fire thru out the stage and ceiling.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Thomas P
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creativecarlson, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this review, 25 November 2012
We're very glad you were able to attend the Champagne Variety Show, as it's one of our annual fundraisers we get to feature on the stage. The performers have a great time with it - especiall 'Lorrence Velk.' Thank you for the review. See you again soon.
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