This three-story architectural showpiece was built in 1888 for live entertainment with an original seating capacity of 900 at a cost of $42,000. Its excellent acoustics attracted the best performers of its day. The stately exterior has molded brick trim, varied limestone arches and cornice treatments, and an impressive south entrance. It was cited as one of the best examples of opera house architecture in Kansas. An $8.5 million rehabilitation was completed in 2010. The Grand Ballroom, meeting rooms, and other spaces are available to rent and couple modern conveniences with the ambience of a beautiful historic building. The auditorium, with its double balconies, is an intimate performance space and hosts a wide variety of national and local entertainment. The McPherson Opera House is again a multi-use center for arts, entertainment and culture. Tours available by appointment.
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