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Smith Opera House

The Smith Opera House is a perfect venue for taking in a live performance of music, dance, theater or speech. The performances on stage range from modern rock concerts, children’s theater, community theater, and live presentations.

Since 1894, 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. With events open to the public, the theater 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 entities such as Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges and non-profit organizations such as Geneva Concerts and Geneva Theatre Guild. If you have suggestions for live programming at the Smith Opera House, contact us. If you would like to rent the theater click here.