The Opera House Complex

Coming in 2022!

Renovations Currently Underway


We are currently working on the revitalization of the historic Opera House in downtown Stevens Point, WI. Our team is very familiar with the Opera House and its legacy as a community gathering place for both residents and visitors of Stevens Point. We understand what an important undertaking this is for the community and the importance of preserving such an iconic piece of local history. We hope that our investment in this project will stimulate the surrounding community both economically and socially in the coming years.


We are eager to demonstrate that this historic building can be flexible enough to accommodate events and programs and respond to evolving community needs over time. We anticipate the future use of the Opera House to be functional, sustainable, safe, healthy and vibrant. We envision a gathering space that will encourage positive and dynamic relationship development with our fellow entrepenuers and the greater community.


The Opera House Event Venue

Historic Charm with a Modern Touch.


We are bringing new life to an iconic theater, The Opera House, located in the historic downtown of beautiful Stevens Point, WI. Steeped in local history and rustic modern charm, this historic 125+ year old theater has been repurposed into a luxury wedding and event venue, creating a picturesque space perfect for any occasion.


The newly remodeled interior includes design elements that thoughtfully reflect the building’s architectural style and original craftsmanship. You'll find walls of original red city brick, polished maple wood floors, high ceilings, and plenty of old world charm.

With a variety of different spaces, our venue can accommodate any size party with our combination of indoor and outdoor courtyards and halls. Whether formal or casual, small or large, our venue is the perfect setting for your event.


Our halls will be available to book for special events starting in 2022. We welcome all types of events including banquets, charity/fundraising events, conferences, corporate breakfasts & meetings, seminars, wine/beer tastings, birthday parties, product launches, graduations, fashion shows, concerts, baby showers, anniversary parties, speaking engagements, weddings or wedding receptions, and more.


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Historical Timeline

1893

G.F Andre announces he will build an Opera House. Work begins.

1894

Opera House opens with F.E Bosworth as manager. German comedian Andy Amann presented "A Clean Sweep" on opening night. Vaudeville troupes, touring companies, Elks Club Minstrels and other social events are held.

1895

The first facilities for what was to become the Stevens Point Public Library were housed in the theater beginning in 1895.

1897

Harry Houdini performs on April 7 and 8, 1897. He was 23 at the time and he was not yet well-known.

1897

Edison picture shows begin to be shown

1904

Traveling moving-picture (stereoptical) shows first seen.

1912

First silent movie screened. Features like "Keystone Kops" shown.

1915

Opera House Closes "due to unusual business conditions."

1920

The theatre is taken over by J.P. Adler of the Adler Theater Co. who gives the interior a full overhaul amounting to a cost of $60,000 at the time.

1920

On November 1, 1920, the theatre reopens as the Majestic Theatre presenting a musical revue “All Aboard for Cuba” starring Don Lanning.

1921

Myron "Archie" Neumann becomes manager, a post he holds until his death in 1952.

1923

A Barton theater organ is installed.

1925

The remote broad-cast of events presented in the theater became a regular feature of the University of Wisconsin Education radio station, WLBL.

1928

The Wisconsin Amusement Company (now Fox Corp.) takes over the operation of the theatre and changes its name to the Fox Theatre.

1930

First "sound" films are screened.

1931

In 1931, the UW Education radio station, WLBL, station's studios were moved from their Whiting Hotel location to the large hall above the theater.

1939

Theater closes for a month and reopens with new Fox marquee.

1953

Theater closes for three days when local students picket because of a hike in movie ticket prices. Reopens with new "student priced" tickets.

1955

Projectionists strike because management wants to employ only one projectionist instead of two.

1961

Prudential Insurance takes over management from Fox.

1968

United Artists assumes management lease.

1972

X-rated films begin to be shown in effort to increase business.

1978

Rogers Cinema becomes new management company.

1982

The Fox Theater is added to the National Register of Historic Places.

1985

The rear section of the theater, which contained the backstage and dressing rooms, is demolished to make way for construction of the CenterPoint Mall.

1985

Theater closes.

2013

Arts Alliance of Portage County officially accepts donation of the Fox theater

2019

Arts Alliance of Portage County walks away from investing any money into the building and sells to the city of Stevens Point for $1.

2019

Due to deterioration the rear 2/3 of the theater including the auditorium was demolished leaving the front 1/3 for possible future redevelopment.

2020

The City of Stevens Point opens up an RFP process for the sale and repurposing of The Opera House.

2020

The city of Stevens Point sells the remaining building and lot to local entrepreneur.

2020

The Opera House LLC is established.

2020

Renovation work begins in the fall, starting with a structural analysis of the remaining structure.