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