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.
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.
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.
All parking is on nearby streets. Metered parking is free after 6 pm on weekdays and free all day on Saturday and Sunday.
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The Opera House is available for rental. Rates vary regarding dates, use, and special needs. For more information, e-mail Rusty at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Our concession area offers a variety of soft drinks, domestic and imported beers, a variety of wines, decadent chocolate and our mysteriously delicious popcorn.
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