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Historic Homestake Opera House

313 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754-1604
+1 605-584-2067
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Step back to 1914!

We stopped at the Homestake Opera House hoping to see a particular display. We ended up getting a... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Laura T
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Great old theater in the middle of restoration

We stopped in Lead for the day and had a most interesting and enlightening time. Sarah, the... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2017
pgl1206
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Shoreview, Minnesota
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Built in 1914 by the Homestake Gold Mine the building boasted a billiards hall, bowling alley, library, 1,000-seat theater, and a 25-yd. heated indoor swimming pool. The elaborately designed building survived a theater fire in 1984 and sat empty for nearly a dozen years; but now is a nonprofit performing arts venue hosting 50+ events per year in theatre, dance, and concerts, and educational presentations while the first-ever plasterwork within the interior theater begins restoration progress in 2017.
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313 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754-1604
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

We stopped at the Homestake Opera House hoping to see a particular display. We ended up getting a full tour from Dennes who actually put together displays in the interpretive center. He was informative & had lots of fun details. Our tour ended in the...More

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Sarah C, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for making the time. The amazing story of "A Theater Built By A Gold Mine" is a beautiful one. See you again sometime!

Reviewed 1 June 2017

We stopped in Lead for the day and had a most interesting and enlightening time. Sarah, the Director, gave us a most enthusiastic tour - including singing Ave Maria from the stage. My husband sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at the end of our visit....More

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Sarah C, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so very touched by your comments - thank you! With your help, we can go far. Sincere appreciation, Sarah Carlson HHOH Executive Director

Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Just visited the Homestake Opera House in Lead, South Dakota. The director, Sarah, gave a fascinating tour including singing onstage to demonstrate the acoustics. We found it worthwhile as well as the tour from the information center to the Homestake Mines highlighting the Sanford Underground...More

Thank Jenny W
Sarah C, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to understand the amazing story of this 1914 treasure! Sincere appreciation, Sarah Carlson HHOH Executive Director

Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit-and th play was just excellent! Th acting was so fun as was th plot. We had a chance to see a little bit of the opera house and are anxious to come back. AND see more productions!

Thank Mctalker
Sarah C, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for being there – we hope to see you again soon. We have some great nonprofit performing arts organizations in the Northern Hills! In sincere appreciation, Sarah Carlson HHOH Executive Director

Reviewed 7 September 2016

Our group of eight adults thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic tour of the Opera House. Sarah, our guide, made the tour so interesting. She was so informative on everything. She also sang on stage " Ava Maria" to let us hear the acoustics. Beautiful restored historical...More

Thank alsgully
Sarah C, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for bringing your whole group and having fun! Sincere appreciation, Sarah Carlson HHOH Executive Director

Reviewed 23 August 2016

The restoration of the Opera House has been very well done. The museum quality displays are very interesting and give the visitor a sense of Lead in its heyday. On the evening I was in Lead, I was fortunate to attend a musical performance which...More

Thank sctraveler46
Sarah C, General Manager at Historic Homestake Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much! Sincere appreciation, Sarah Carlson HHOH Executive Director

Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

A must see when visiting the Blackhills! Take the guided tour and check out the Interpretive Center. On our tour the tour guide sang "Ava Maria" from the stage while we sat in the opera house seats - Amazing.

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Reviewed 16 July 2016

We were told on our tour of Homestake mine that we should stop by the opera house. What a great idea! We met Sarah, who is the coordinator for the opera house and restoration manager. The opera house had burned and she was working with...More

Thank Cathy C
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This opera house was so special before it burned. It was sad to see it go but, the restoration of the building is wonderful. Like stepping back in time! Wish i could have seen a play!

Thank Melina B
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed Mother's Day with our mother taking her back in time for this Lawrence Welk parody. They did a wonderful job! I was in awe of this beautiful building. Although the theater still needs renovations, the sound was wonderful and the feeling of living...More

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I would suggest calling them on both questions 6055842067 I also checked the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish. I am very involved with them. there is a Bellman Brown Bag on that Wed noon to 1 free not a play and totally... More
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