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Tour the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center


Welcoming special Path Through History guests on  June 17th, 10am – 4:30pm only due to private scheduled events.

Located within the Village Hall, the Opera House opened in 1891 as a Vaudeville theatre but operated for much of the 20th century solely as a movie palace.  Today, following a nine-year community-led restoration of the theatre in the 1980s and 90s, it serves as a year-round performing arts center presenting an average of 150 performance events each year. 

Your tour here takes you throughout the theatre, into the dressing rooms and onto the stage where celebrities from Gypsy Rose Lee to Julius La Rosa to Judith Ivey have appeared.  You’ll learn about the theatre’s storied history, its fall into disrepair and subsequent closure, and the Village leaders’ plans to raze the building in 1981 to make room for a newer, modern government center… plans thwarted by the Village citizens!  The efforts of those citizens and their outpouring of time, money and energy are why the Opera House exists today. Their stories of remarkable volunteerism and vision complete the tour.

1891 Fredonia Opera House
  • 9 Church St
  • Fredonia, NY 14063