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City Opera House

106 East Front Street

About Us:

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.

Today, the City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction for quality arts and cultural entertainment, educational programming, and public and private gatherings. Its 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. 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.

Mission Statement

To promote and nurture the City Opera House as a regional hub for connecting people to the arts and each other. Entertainment, Education and Engagement!


Jessica Hamel

Thursday, May 3, 2018
We came to see a comedy show, the staff was helpful and everything was nice. However, leaving took a while and I couldn't help but think how getting out of the building would look if there was an emergency!

Andrew Rust

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Beautiful restored venue. Holds many great events.

Amanda Hays

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Wonderful. We attended the Fly Fishing Film Festival. Great time.

Eric Bravick

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Unique and awesome experience. Great building, great atmosphere, very friendly staff. Needs to move the drink lines faster, though... that's really my only complaint (ever) with this venue.

Wayne Wilson

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Nice place a lot of stairs

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