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The What Cheer Opera House was built in 1893 by the Masons for their lodge.  The third floor was used for their lodge.  The first and second floors were used for entertainment.

In 1965, the year of What Cheer's 100 year centennial, the building was set to be demolished so a committee purchased the building from the contractor for $500 to stop the demolition.  They paid the Mason's $1.00 for the deed.

A non-profit incorporation was formed and is overseen by a 12 member board and it was called Opera House, Inc.

In 1973 the Opera House was listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

What Cheer Opera House

The What Cheer Opera House is proud to present season after successful season of  live performances. This historic Opera House is a significant community asset, adding to the quality of life in and around What Cheer for over 130 years. The Opera House hosts live music with artists from around the United States, community events, school events, dance and movies.

There are 516 seats in the Opera House.  There are 278 on the first floor and 238 in the balcony.  

We are truly grateful that so many volunteers offer their time, skills, and financial gifts to help bring so many wonderful artistic and community events to this community as well as your support for the ongoing restoration of the building. We hope you come and visit us soon.

2024 Schedule
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