City Opera House

City Opera House

The City Opera House is the oldest of three 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.

City Opera House Web Site

Contact Information


106 E Front Street

Traverse City, MI 49684

Driving Directions

Phone: (231) 941-8082

Fax: (231) 941-7374


Location of City Opera House

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Traverse City Weather

CLOUDY, humidity 67%, barometer 30.18,
wind 3 mph SSE
Snow beginning in the late morning
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Snow beginning in the late morning
Morning flurries; mostly cloudy, colder
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Morning flurries; mostly cloudy, colder
Rather cloudy, snow showers; frigid
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Rather cloudy, snow showers; frigid
Some sun, then clouds and not as cold
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Some sun, then clouds and not as cold
Considerable cloudiness
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Considerable cloudiness

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City Opera House Events

Family Music Fair - Traverse City

Date: 03/22/15

Lewis Black | Comedy Performance - Traverse City

Date: 04/23/15

Traverse City Chocolate Festival 2015 - Traverse City

Date: 04/26/15

Cécile McLorin Salvant - Traverse City

Date: 04/28/15

America’s Got Downton - Traverse City

Date: 04/29/15

Roger McGuinn | Concert - Traverse City

Date: 05/21/15

The Weepies | Concert - Traverse City

Date: 06/29/15