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Community » Opera House
Reedley Opera House
Location
1720 10th Street
Reedley, California 93654
Reedley's River City Theatre Co. (559)638-6500
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A Brief History

In 1902, a raging fire destroyed the two main blocks of downtown Reedley. Instrumental in rebuilding was local Danish grain merchant Jesse Jansen. He organized the downtown merchants to work together to rebuild most of the structures in brick.
In 1903, Jansen built a half block of brick buildings which included Reedley's first bank, real estate and insurances offices, and The Opera House. Built at Jansen's own expense, The Opera House was to serve as a cultural and community center for the Reedley area.
The Opera House was the forerunner of today's multipurpose community center. The Reedley Exponent archives mention traveling stage shows, operettas, community plays, political speeches, grand balls, square dances, band concerts, town meetings, box suppers, graduations, and church revivals as the types of activities at The Opera House. For four years, The Opera House served as a Catholic church.
Its heyday ended in the early 1920s with the introduction and popularity of movie houses.
The remodeling of The Opera House began in 1983 and took nine months to complete. In 1986 The Opera House was featured in Sunset Magazine. The same year it was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In early 2001, Art and Pat Bergthold and Makiji and Ruth Hase donated the fully restored Opera House to the City of Reedley for use as a cultural arts center dedicated to family entertainment and as a facility for community and private events. The City of Reedley is committed to preserving The Opera House as a community treasure that reflects our local history and culture.
Throughout the entire complex are reminders of a past gone, but not forgotten. The City of Reedley invites you to experience the kind of ambiance and luxury exemplified by the turn of the century.
Today the Reedley Opera House is home to Reedley's River City Theatre.


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