Stuarts Opera House is the cornerstone of historic Public Square in Nelsonville. It is dedicated to its role as a leader in the regional arts community, a center for public expression, and an economic development partner in Southeast Ohio.
We envision Stuarts Opera House as the cultural anchor and a center of expression on Nelsonvilles bustling and dynamic Public Square. It is a historic venue sought out by people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from near and far. Its well-earned reputation as an intimate, casual setting for continuos offerings of both familiar and innovative artisitc performances and community events brings people back time and again.
Stuarts Opera House is the cornerstone of the Nelsonville Historic Art District. A lovinly restored theatre that reflects its glory days in 1879 through 1924 when it was home to vaudeville, melodrama, and minstrel shows. Stuarts closed and sat empty from 1924 through 1976. In 1977 a group fromed a non-profit and started bringing the theater back to life when a devastating fire nearly destroyed the building in 1980. Seventeen years later, in 1997, the opera house re-opened its doors and is once again home to local, regional, national and internationally acclaimed performances. Stuarts Opera House now hosts over 75 events each year and is Southeastern Ohios favorite place to expereince live performance. Please join us!