3 Reasons to go to the Nelsonville Opera House

old style large jazz microphoneSituated in the historic Public Square in Nelsonville, Ohio is one of the most iconic venues in the local arts community. Since its opening in 1879, Stuart’s Opera House has become the cornerstone of the Nelsonville Arts District and is a renowned institution for creativity, self-expression, and performance. Whether you’re an Ohio native or simply passing through the area, a trip to Stuart’s Opera House is a must!

Visit Stuart’s: a Nelsonville Opera House

For a night of laughs, fun, and great live entertainment, be sure to check out this beloved Ohio venue. Plus, when you stay at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan, you’ll be just a short drive away from all of the action! Here are some of the things you’ll experience at Stuart’s Opera House.


Like many other legendary venues, Stuart’s Opera House has a past that’s both glorious and rocky. The theatre was in it’s prime from 1879 through 1924 when it was home to vaudeville, melodrama, and minstrel shows, but closed and sat empty until 1976. In 1977, a group had started bringing the theatre back to life until a catastrophic fire nearly destroyed the building in 1980. Seventeen long years later, the opera house successfully re-opened its doors and is now home to nationally acclaimed performances. Stuart’s Opera House has been used for tons of special events, including meetings, receptions, and weddings, and hosts over 75 events a year.


On Friday, October 9th at 7 PM, head to the opera house for Stuart’s Fall Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway! You’ll ride through the Hocking Valley in a renovated train car and can enjoy a glass of wine, a complimentary box of cheese, and yummy snacks. You’ll be able to sit back and relax as you pass by beautiful fall foliage and will get to learn more about the historic railway. It’s sure to be a fun and unforgettable night, so purchase your tickets soon!

For performances that the whole family will love, check out events presented by the ABC Player’s like Disney’s My Son, Pinocchio in October, Charlotte’s Web The Musical in December, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid in March 2016. You and your kids will be in awe watching their favorite films come to life and will be dancing and singing along to songs you already know and love. Performances are offered at various dates and times, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to entertain the family on your next trip to Ohio!

Live Music

To see and hear the talent of vocalists and their instruments, be sure to check out one of the many live musical performances offered at Stuart’s Opera House. On Saturday, March 5th, 2016, Elvis fans will rejoice as tribute artist Dwight Icenhower brings the legend back to life. Dwight studied every move that the King made and has mastered many eras of Elvis’ sensational career which have captivated audiences of all ages. Or, for an eclectic mix of blues and rock music with some Southern flare, check out the Paul Thorn Band on April 30th, 2016. Thorn has perfected the craft of creating music that tells a story, and will treat the audience to an unforgettable show.

Plan Your Trip to the Hocking Hills

After a wonderful day at the Nelsonville Opera House, come back to unparalleled comfort and relaxation at one of our luxurious rooms or cabins. Post-show, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet meal at our restaurant, Kindred Spirits, or pamper yourself at our gorgeous onsite spa. And for more information on fall activities in Ohio, download our free vacation guide!