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Monday - Fri 9am - 5pm &Sat. 1pm-5pm

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Age restrictions may vary by featured show.

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Woodstock Metra

Woodstock Opera House

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  • Every seat in the Woodstock Opera House offers patrons a great view of the stage. You are always sure to enjoy a performance here, even in the balcony.
  • The Woodstock IL Opera House provides a variety of shows to guests to choose from each season.
  • The Woodstock Illinois Opera House is among Chicago's most famous theatrical landmarks.

121 W. Van Buren Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
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Theatrical History at the Woodstock Opera House

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Prices Range From: $25.00 and up


Features: The Woodstock Opera House was built in 1890 to house City Hall, the public library, the fire department, and an auditorium. In 1934 Shakespeare plays produced by Roger Hill starred Orson Welles, who was then a student at Woodstock’s Todd School for Boys. In 1947, a group of citizens formed and supported the Woodstock Players. The Woodstock Players provided acting experience for students graduating from the Goodman School. Now-famous personalities such as Paul Newman, Tom Bosley, Betsy Palmer, Geraldine Page, Shelley Berman and Lois Nettleton were among them. 

After much renovation, in 1977 the building was reopened and renamed the Woodstock Opera House Community Center. A spectacular variety of programming is produced or hosted by the Woodstock Opera House. Community theatre, concert series, special events, and children’s activities are included in a year-round schedule of entertainment and educational opportunities provided by the resident companies and organizations. Community individuals, organizations, and businesses use the meeting facilities for activities ranging from film presentations to lectures. A visual arts exhibition series features the work of regional artists in a full spectrum of media. 

Woodstock is a charming historic town located northwest of Chicago and east of Rockford. Woodstock Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Square offers many shops and retail establishments in a unique and nostalgic atmosphere. You can spend the day shopping and relaxing in the quaint charm of the late-19th century Victorian buildings. You'll also find an eclectic mix of restaurants in Woodstock.

Why We Go: People attend theatrical shows for a variety of reasons, be it cultural, historical, family fun, or simply to expand your perspective on a particular issue. Most notably, the historic Woodstock Opera House offers guests a history lesson and theatrical spectacle all at once. This Chicago landmark has been around since the 1800s and plays a key role in Chicago's theatrical and city history.

  • Reasonably Priced Tickets: Most tickets for shows at the Woodstock Illinois Opera House are listed around just $25 and with such a variety of performances, you're sure to find something entertaining for your entire party.
  • Historical Landmark: Built in late 1800s, the Woodstock IL Opera House was initially constructed to house a multitude of community assets
  • On-Site Cafe: The Woodstock Opera House is host to the Stage Left Cafe, which is open before and after performances at the Woodstock Theater. This cafe is also set up to look as if you're back stage.

Inside Knowledge: The Woodstock Theater is dedicated to the promotion and support of the theatrical arts as evidenced in their eclectic season list of shows.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Check the Season Listings: Shows rotate monthly, so be sure to check the Woodstock IL Opera House set listing for a complete picture of who's performing and when.
  • Do Your Research: There's a ton of history behind the Woodstock IL Opera House, dive in and read up!
  • Don't Forget Your Binoculars: If you're sitting in the balcony of the Woodstock Opera House, though it is an intimate theatre, you may want a closer look at your performers.
  • Don't Worry About Parking: There's a local Metra station near the Woodstock Opera House.