Happy Birthday, Newberry Opera House!
Tribute Tuesdays—Coming HOME (Honoring Outstanding Musical Entertainment)
The Newberry Opera House has a proud history dating back to 1881 when the construction of the Victorian Civic Gothic style building was completed. There were only 2,342 citizens in Newberry at that time; but through their vision, foresight, and generosity, they gifted generations to come with an iconic community building that would originally house city offices, jail cells, fire wagons, and a second floor performance hall. The building was ceremoniously dedicated on February 20, 1882; and thus, began the tradition of not only bringing in live entertainment, but hosting community and College events. The performance hall later was transformed into a movie theater, but then suffered over 50 years of decline.
With notable Newberry citizens at the helm and with the continued foresight of the citizens of Newberry, the Opera House was renovated some twenty years ago and rose like the phoenix from the ashes to return to service as a vibrant performing arts center. Using the initial dedication date, on February 20, 1998, the Newberry Opera House was re-dedicated and has since successfully maintained its reputation as the “Entertainment Center of the Midlands.”
Today that same building stands as a testament to the commitment for the arts and the desire for historic preservation that truly makes both the City and County of Newberry a cherished place to call HOME.
Birthday Party - Free fun
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Thank you everyone who was part of our special Birthday Party! A special thanks to WKDK Radio, Woolbrights Florist, The Newberry Opera House Guild, Newberry County Career Center, Ambassadors, Board, staff, poetry contestants, and all those who attended for such a wonderful moment to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Newberry Opera House being named a Performing Arts Center.
While the official Anniversary Tours are concluded, please stop by for a tour any day we don't have a performance. Call before you come to confirm we have a tour guide on duty especailly for group tours 803-276-6264.
Why did Willie Nelson sneak into the Opera House one night? What is our grand piano's connection to The White House? Why is there a literally a gap between the original building and the addition? Come learn more about the last 20 years that the Opera House has spent as a performing arts center. Tour goodie bags will be given out while supplies last.
Tuesday Evening February 27, 2018 NCSD Elementary Schools’ Honor Choruses Performances—6:30 PM
Tuesday Evening March 6, 2018 NCSD Middle and High Schools’ Honor Choruses and County Honor Band Performances--6:30 PM
Tuesday Evening March 13, 2018 Newberry College’s Music Department Performances—6:30 PM
Tuesday Evening March 20, 2018 The Sounds of Newberry (Showcasing Select Newberry Talent) -7:00 PM
Congratulations to The Sounds of Newberry Honorees: Emily Anderson, Kristin Caughman, Andy Shull, Mourning Dove, Three Quarter Time.
Click here to learn more about the local artists who will perform on March 20.
To commemorate the momentous occasion of two decades of live entertainment in a restored and historic theater, the Foundation Board of the Newberry Opera House and the Newberry Opera House Guild are hosting a birthday party followed by a month-long celebration showcasing Newberry’s musical talent. With a conscious decision to spotlight local talent and to engage local audiences, the anniversary celebration is being designed to memorialize the gift of the original Newberrians who first built and dedicated the Newberry Opera House and to honor those citizens who came together to return her to the service of the Arts and the Community 20 seasons ago. Tickets for each of the four evenings of musical performances will be General Admission and will be $5 for children and $10 for adults.
birthday present wish list: reaching the tower together
In conjunction with the festivities and in honor of such a special anniversary or birthday, a wish list has been created. Executive Director, Molly Fortune, and her staff were asked to create such a list so that those who wish to contribute in celebration of this landmark occasion could do so. After 20 years, highly utilized items like stackable chairs, tables, and tablecloths need replacing. Certain interior areas need repainting, and the dressing rooms need a facelift. Benches would greatly enhance the Lobby area, and a refurbished kitchen by the bar and the bar area itself (with additional refrigerated coolers) would be most appreciated. Plumbing updates with improved faucets in the bathrooms are items of concern. A supply of LCD bulbs would be most beneficial, as would a new projector to accommodate the onset of technology additions to performances. Click here to learn more.
The Newberry Opera House is a jewel whose value transcends time. Her tower proudly symbolizes a municipality comprised of citizens whose commitment to the arts, the education of the arts, and to the quality of life makes a profound statement of progressive and yet historic achievement. Bringing an enhancement of life that introduces us to a world of cultures, musical styles, and engaging entertainment, the Newberry Opera House is a gift in itself. At this special time in the history of this historic and award winning performing arts center, we have the opportunity to give back to her as we continue to make her a gift to the generations to come. “Welcome HOME to the Newberry Opera House. Whether attending one of the Tribute Tuesdays or making a contribution towards those items identified on the wish list, you are invited to be part of her history.
This is a celebration for the people and by the people of Newberry—at HOME here in Newberry where welcoming arms embrace those who have lived here all their lives and those who come “HOME” by choice.