The Woodward Opera House offers a mix of history and modern facilities ideal for various events like performing arts, weddings, anniversaries, conferences, and board meetings. The opera house boasts original paintings dating back to the 19th century, including modern audiovisual equipment and auditorium lighting providing a complete theater experience. The Woodward opera house is located at 107 South Main street in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Dr. Ebenezer Woodward, a businessman in Mount Vernon, constructed the opera house in the 1800s. Woodward intended to build a commercial center for entertainment, and the opera house was opened in 1851. The theater has been listed on the national register of historic places since 1975. Woodward opera house is one of the few oldest original theaters from the 19th century in America.
The opera house later closed in 1921, and efforts to restore the building started in the 1970s. The Woodward development Corp including other donors funded the restoration project, and the opera house finally reopened in 2019. The Woodward opera house has a 500-seat capacity with many different features.
The Woodward opera house now offers facilities for weddings, conferences, and performing arts. The opera house contains a black box theater and recital hall with removable seats, and you can have it arranged to your liking. The theater comes fully equipped with advanced audiovisual facilities such as microphones, projectors, and speakers. Other notable features include Wi-Fi, handicap access, a fully stocked bar, and parking.
On the 3rd floor, there is a hall with removable seats that can hold 383 people for a conference or dinner. The black box and recital hall can each hold 120 and 100 people, respectively, while the board room has a seating capacity of 30.
The opera house building is 20 000 square feet and hosts other companies on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The Stein brewing company occupies the 3rd floor with a more than 100 seater restaurant. Other firms located in the opera house building include Zelkowitz law firm, PG financials Barry & Cullers, the Knox county offices, and Knox partnership for Arts & Culture.