Napa Valley Opera House

Historic Napa Valley Opera House Receives a Second Chance to Shine

Built in 1879, the Napa Valley Opera House officially opened in January of 1880. The Grand Opening featured a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore.

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Early Napa Valley Opera House

Though never really used as an ‘opera house’, owner G.W. Crowley preferred to call his building an opera house to set it apart from the run of the mill burlesque theaters of the time. John Philip Sousa’s band, author Jack London, boxing champion John L. Sullivan and vaudeville acts were some of its early performers.

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Abandoned in 1914

The stage lights were dimmed after sustaining damage in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Audiences also began to shift there attention toward newer forms of entertainment, e.g., movie houses and radio. Sadly, the Opera House went into decline and was eventually abandoned in 1914.

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Napa Valley Opera House nearly demolished in 1973

After being ignored as a performance venue for over 60 years, the plan was to demolish the once proud building. However, hope arrived in 1973 when the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Rebuilding the Opera House

In an effort to rebuild the Opera House, Napa Valley Opera House, Inc., a non-profit group was formed in 1985. A huge boost to the effort occurred in 1997 when Robert Mondovi and Margrit Biever Mondavi offered a successful two-million dollar fund raiser challenge.

A major $14,000,000 renovation project that incorporated modern theatre amenities while preserving the historical accuracy of the building allowed this Napa Valley gem to reopen in 2003, brighter than ever.

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Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre – Post renovation

In addition to the main 500 seat hall named the ‘Margrit Biever Mondavi Theatre’ on the second floor, there is also a 180 seat cabaret style theatre on the first floor of the Opera House where a butcher shop along with other stores originally resided.

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Napa Valley Opera House fully renovated

123 years after it’s original grand opening, the Opera House came full-circle with a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” along with special guest, Rita Moreno at the Grand Re-Opening.

In 2013, The Napa Valley Opera House celebrated the 10th anniversary of its extensive renovation and reopening.

Show performances at the Opera House include symphony orchestras, popular vocalist, jazz, dance, comedy competitions, plays, family programs and more. To learn more about upcoming events visit www.nvoh.org

The Napa Valley Opera House is located in the heart of Napa: 1030 Main St., Napa, California 94559; (707) 226-7372



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