For more than 122 years, the Smith Opera House has thrived as the center stage of the Finger Lakes, offering quality performing arts and cultural opportunities for area residents and regional visitors. Occupied approximately 250 nights per year with events open to the public, the theatre is an ongoing symbol of historic preservation, non-profit perseverance, and artistic excellence. It has a beautiful interior that was carefully restored in the early 1990s.
“The acoustics were just absolutely wonderful.”
— Violinist Itzhak Perlman on NBC’s Tomorrow Show
“Without question, the Smith Opera House is one of (if not the) most perfectly constructed of concert halls, with the kind of acoustics that performers can only dream of experiencing every night… This is a world-class performance hall that should become a destination for all professional musicians, dancers, and actors lucky enough to be booked there.”
— Christine Lavin, in the Finger Lakes Times, Jan. 2, 2003.
The Smith Opera House is a perfect venue for taking in a live performance of music, dance, theater or speech. The theatre seats 950 on the main orchestra floor and 450 in the balcony. Additionally, the historic theater screens films on a 40 by 30 foot screen! The Smith Center for the Arts presents many of the live performances you see on the stage, but promoters are also responsible for live events, as well as local non-profit organizations such as Geneva Concerts, Geneva Theatre Guild and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. If you have suggestions for live programming at the Smith Opera House, contact us. If you would like to rent the theater click here.