building-outside1Akron Opera House
Akron, Iowa

On the National Register of Historic Places

The Akron Opera House, currently being restored to its turn-of-the-century glory, is one of Iowa's remaining historical gems which community spirit has kept alive. 

Built in 1905, the Opera House held its first performance, "The Homeseekers," in February 1906.  Over the next 100 years, an array of live performances played at the Opera House -- chautaquas, theater, lyccum speeches, medicine shows and opera.  Akron was on the Pembina rail line, which brought traveling troupes of actors, musicians and politicians to rural communities.

Estimates are that Iowa's rural communities built over 1200 opera houses.  Less than 300 still exist today. During the Depression, when the Akron Opera House was closed to performances, Akron refused to let it deteriorate beyond renovation.  The building continued to be rented to local businesses. 

In 1970, high school drama teacher, Mr. Richard Jacobs and his drama group of 60 students, organized volunteer and community energy to reopen the opera house.  Newspaper accounts describe drama students rehearsing plays amid the noise of construction.  Volunteers rebuilt the stage with lumber from an old church and found and salvaged theater seats from an old movie house.  Local women sewed a stage curtain, and someone donated a piano.  Historical accounts also claim that 400 resident bats were removed from the building.  Since then, the theater group has celebrated 34 years of local productions.  In 1974, the Akron Community Theater purchased the building and continued to update  and restore it. 

Today, the opera house is being revitalized once again so that the community can continue to share its rich tradition of live performances

2018 - 2019 Season Events

October 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm and October 7, at 2:00 pm: "Todd Oliver and Friends"

Todd and his friends are being sponsored by the Akron Security National Bank  
Todd Oliver Returns to the Akron Opera House
The show features the incredible talents of renowned ventriloquist and comedian Todd Oliver, whose incredible skills have previously been featured on popular television programs like the Today Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CNN.The show is chock full of entertaining segments that include live musical sets featuring back-up by the Smiling Eyes Band, comedy skits, and interactive bits that your family can participate in.

March 4 - 9, 2018: Missoula Children's Threatre production of "The Snow Queen"
This production is being sponsored by Akron's Peoples Bank, Friendship & Service Club, and the City of Akron  
Join a cast of local children in a “land of colored ice,” where this classic tale will warm your heart in a young girl's quest to find her best friend.

April 4 - 7, 2019: Our local threatre production of "Mamma Mia!"
This production is sponsored by The Akron Hometowner.   

Mamma Mia! is based on the songs of ABBA, a Swedish pop/dance group active from 1972 to 1982 and one of the most popular international pop groups of all time.

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

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Ticket Prices: (Unless otherwise noted.)

        Single Event
                Adults  $16
                Seniors (65 and older) $13
                Students $8

        Six Ticket Package (Basic Akron Opera House Membership)
                Adults $85 ($14 per ticket)
                Seniors $75 ($12.50 per ticket)
                Use these tickets and share them however you wish to any show.
                Example: 2 tickets for 3 shows.

        Seven Ticket Package (Sustaining Akron Opera House Membership)
                Adults $85 ($12 per ticket)
                Seniors $70 ($10 per ticket)
                One ticket for each show. No sharing
        Benefactor Akron Opera House Membership
                Anyone contributing between $200 and $500 will be listed in our programs as
                a Benefactor. They will recieve two full season tickets.

        Sponsor level of membership will be given to those donating more than $500.
        They will also receive two full season tickets and have special recognition.

        Send payment to:
                Akron Opera House
                151 Reed Street
                Akron, IA  51001
Questions? Please contact Doug Olson at

The Akron Opera House is a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for supporting the Akron Opera House and The Arts.