Description - Originally built in 1885 and rebuilt in 1896 after being destroyed by fire, the Woodland Opera House became a stopping place for the aforementioned actors, musicians, and entertainers.
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Woodland Opera House
- Originally built in 1885 and rebuilt in 1896 after being destroyed by fire, the Woodland Opera House became a stopping place for the aforementioned actors, musicians, and entertainers. Over 300 touring companies had appeared on its stage by 1913, enriching the community with arts and entertainment, when, due to the growing popularity of motion pictures and an injury lawsuit, the Opera House was closed and boarded up. In 1971, the Yolo County Historical Society purchased the building. The Woodland Opera House was declared a California State Historical Park in 1976 and donated to the state in 1980.
The interior of the Opera House was painstakingly restored to the grandeur it enjoyed at the turn of the century; careful attention was paid to reproduction of the wall paper friezes, paint colors and carpeting. the main floor carpet was made in England, the comfortable main floor seating was built on the East Coast and the historic pew-like benches in the balcony were repaired and replaced. Seven years and more than $2,000,000 later, the Woodland Opera House reopened and for the first time in nearly eight decades, began to offer live entertainment on a year-round basis.
Recreation - The Opera House offers five mainstage productions from September to June, a Summer Melodrama, its Youth Theatre Camp in August and the Young People's Theater Program. With these programs, the Opera House continues its tradition of providing quality entertainment and performance opportunities for professional and amateur performers. The Youth Theater Camp and the Young People's Theater Program give young people the opportunity to learn about theatre, acting and singing. Other community benefits are the School Outreach Program, in which the Opera House and the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools work together to bring local classes, grades K-12, to the Opera House for professional and Young People's Theater performances. Special events artists and programs are booked by the Opera House throughout the year and there are also numerous rental events by local organizations for the public's entertainment.
Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley, it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. In the Central Valley precipitation falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees are part of the normal pattern.
Located at the corner of Main and Second Street in historic downtown Woodland. The Opera House is two walking blocks from eight restaurants and there is plenty of safe, off-street parking.
From Sacramento take I-5 North to the Main Street exit. Turn left and continue one mile to downtown Woodland.
From the Bay Area / Dixon-Vacaville area, take I-80 East to Highway 113 North (Woodland Exit). Continue 9 miles to the Main Street Exit. Turn left and continue one mile to the downtown area.