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.
2016 - 2017 Season Events
November 18 and 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm: "Todd Oliver and Erving"
Todd Oliver’s national appearances include “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”,“The Today Show”, “Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Howie Mandel Show”,
“Walker Texas Ranger”, “CNN Entertainment News”, and most recent, becoming a semi-finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. His consistent touring schedule around the world at major clubs, performing arts theaters, corporate meetings, school, and conventions have kept his unique show current with today’s audiences. David Letterman proclaimed Todd one of the “Top 5 Ventriloquists in the World.”
March 6 - 11, 2017: Children's Threatre - Peter and Wendy
April 6 - 9, 2017: "Fiddler On The Roof"
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Ticket Prices: (Unless otherwise noted.)Single Event
Seniors (65 and older) $13
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 receive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 712.551.7447
The Akron Opera House is a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for supporting the Akron Opera House and The Arts.