The Hocking Hills is known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visitors come to this area from across the nation to explore Hocking Hills State Park’s hiking trails, caves, waterfalls, and more! But, did you know that our area is also home to a thriving arts scene? Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, is the perfect place to catch amazing shows and live music! It’s one of the most iconic venues in the local arts community. This theatre is a renowned institution for creativity, self-expression, and performance. This venue always has exciting shows happening, so be sure to catch one during your trip to the Hocking Hills!
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Your Guide to Visiting Stuart’s Opera House
Stuart’s History & Shows
Stuart’s Opera House opened its doors in 1879. Since then, the theatre has endured a fair amount of change. In the first 50 years, Stuart’s hosted vaudeville, melodrama, and minstrel shows. The theatre closed for several years, then suffered a catastrophic fire that nearly destroyed the building in 1980. Since then, the opera house reopened its doors and is now home to nationally acclaimed performances.
Stuart’s Opera House hosts more than 75 performances a year, so there’s sure to be something exciting happening during your visit! Check out the upcoming events calendar when you start planning. From poetry slams to live music, Stuart’s Opera House has an event for everyone!
It’s Perfect for a Date Night
Stuart’s Opera House is a 30-minute drive from the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. The short drive, paired with all of the great things to do in the Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville, make this the perfect itinerary item for your romantic getaway in Ohio. Simply plan to enjoy an early dinner reservation at our on-site restaurant, Kindred Spirits, before heading to Nelsonville! If you have time before the show, be sure to check out the spectacular art galleries and shopping the Historic Square Arts District!
Can’t make it to a show at Stuart’s Opera House? The Skyview Drive-In located in Lancaster, OH, is another great date night idea that’s centered around the arts! This is the perfect place to catch a recently released film in a bygone era setting. For example, Guests can enjoy watching on the theater’s 80-foot screen paired with state-of-the-art FM stereo, or use the vintage car speakers for an authentic 1950s feel!
Stay Nearby at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Come back to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls after your evening at Stuart’s Opera House. Our Hocking Hills resort has an on-site restaurant, first-class spa, and luxurious accommodations. Choose from cabins, yurts, cottages, geodomes, and Hocking Hills lodges! Each accommodation type features its own comfort and luxury that’s catered to different types of travelers. Most of all, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Hocking Hills in any of our lodging options.
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