Sample some local flavors...

Stone Soup Bistro

112 W German Street
P: 304.876.8477
Website

Shaharazade's Tea Room & Restaurant

141 W German Street
P: 304.876.1000
Website

Kazu Thai & Japanese Cuisine

120 W German Street
P: 304.876.8798

Sweet Shop Bakery

100 W German Street
P: 304.876.2432
Website

Three Onions Lounge

117 E. German Street
P: 304.876.3462
Website

China Kitchen

101 W German Street
P: 304.876.6620

Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant

Corner Princess & German Streets
P: 304.876.2208
Website

The Press Room

129 W German Street
P: 304.876.8777

Blue Moon Cafe

Corner Princess & High Streets
P: 304.876.1920
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Find a place to rest your head...

Thomas Shepherd Inn Bed & Breakfast

Corner of Duke and German Streets
P: 304.876.3715
Website

Bavarian Inn and Lodge

RR3 Box 30
P: 304.876.2551
Website

Comfort Inn

70 Maddex Square Drive
P: 304.876.3160
Website

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center

17 Lowe Drive
P: 304.876.7000
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Frequently Asked Questions


01) What is the history of the Opera House?

The Opera House was built in 1909 by U.S. Martin, who served as Shepherdstown's mayor. Within that same year, it was sold to the Musser family who installed one of the earliest motion picture projectors. The Opera House ran nightly, often showing as many as three different films each week. In 1928 the Opera House became the first motion picture theatre in West Virginia with sound, enabling it to show the newfangled "talkies."

The Mussers closed the Opera House in 1956, and it sat dark and silent until it was purchased by Pam and Rusty Berry. After an extensive renovation following the Department of the Interior guidelines for the restoration of historic structures, the Berrys reopened the Opera House in February of 1992 and began showing American independent and foreign films. In 2004 they added new lighting and sound systems to accommodate live musical and theatrical performances onstage.

02) How do I purchase tickets?

All tickets may be purchased at our theatre box office. Our box office is open from 5 pm until 9 pm on show days or at least one hour before any scheduled event.

Tickets for live performances are also available at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery at 100 W German Street (one block west of the theatre) between 10 am and 5 pm daily. Movie and concession gift certificates are also available at the bakery.

03) When do the doors open?

The box office opens at 6:00 on live show days. For movies, the lobby generally opens one hour before the first posted show time.

04) Where do I park?

All parking is on nearby streets. Metered parking is free after 6 pm on weekdays and free all day on Saturday and Sunday.

05) How do I find out about upcoming performances?

Join our e-mail list. Just send an e-mail to joinlist@operahouselive.com and we’ll put you right on.

06) Is the Opera House available for private functions?

The Opera House is available for rental. Rates vary regarding dates, use, and special needs. For more information, e-mail Rusty at info@operahouselive.com to schedule an appointment.

07) I’m hungry. Do you sell snacks?

Our concession area offers a variety of soft drinks, domestic and imported beers, a variety of wines, decadent chocolate and our mysteriously delicious popcorn.

08) How do I get to the Opera House?

Practice, practice, practice. No wait, that's Carnegie Hall! Check the Contact button on the navigation bar.