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Historic Homestake Opera House

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Address: 313 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754-1604
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+1 605-584-2067

Built in 1914 by the Homestake Gold Mine, "The Jewel of the Black...

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.

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What a great community play!

This was our first visit-and th play was just excellent! Th acting was so fun as was th plot. We had a chance to see a little bit of the opera house and are anxious to come... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2016
Spearfish, South Dakota
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Spearfish, South Dakota
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit-and th play was just excellent! Th acting was so fun as was th plot. We had a chance to see a little bit of the opera house and are anxious to come back. AND see more productions!

Thank Mctalker
Colman, South Dakota
1 review
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Our group of eight adults thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic tour of the Opera House. Sarah, our guide, made the tour so interesting. She was so informative on everything. She also sang on stage " Ava Maria" to let us hear the acoustics. Beautiful restored historical building, a site to see.

Thank alsgully
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

The restoration of the Opera House has been very well done. The museum quality displays are very interesting and give the visitor a sense of Lead in its heyday. On the evening I was in Lead, I was fortunate to attend a musical performance which made the Opera House come alive.

Thank sctraveler46
Moline, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

A must see when visiting the Blackhills! Take the guided tour and check out the Interpretive Center. On our tour the tour guide sang "Ava Maria" from the stage while we sat in the opera house seats - Amazing.

Thank orediggers92
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

We were told on our tour of Homestake mine that we should stop by the opera house. What a great idea! We met Sarah, who is the coordinator for the opera house and restoration manager. The opera house had burned and she was working with the board of directors to restore it. What has been done so far, is just... More 

Thank Cathy C
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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This opera house was so special before it burned. It was sad to see it go but, the restoration of the building is wonderful. Like stepping back in time! Wish i could have seen a play!

Thank Melina B
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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed Mother's Day with our mother taking her back in time for this Lawrence Welk parody. They did a wonderful job! I was in awe of this beautiful building. Although the theater still needs renovations, the sound was wonderful and the feeling of living history was exciting. The lobby has been beautifully restored!

Thank BSB912
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Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Great tour of a well constructed opera house. If you appreciate good architecture and engineering, this is a must see. The acoustics are just about the best there is available. They are doing a great job of restoration after a fire while bringing the building up to code. Bad part is there is no sign that tours are by reservations... More 

Thank RenoLori
Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

It is by appointment currently so call the mum ton the web site. Building is beautiful and the guide did a great job of covering the history of this building. Highly recommended

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Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

What a hidden gem! We have had the privilege of not only touring this amazing historic structure, but performing on the stage! The history of the Homestake Opera House is a wonderful story. Don't miss out on touring the building-the underground pool is crazy cool, and the staff clearly love their jobs. The Opera House works hard to bring in... More 

Thank Stacey P

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