Smith Opera House
82 Seneca Street,
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The Smith Opera House (Official)
Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.
Previous Names: Geneva Theatre, Strand Theatre
Built in 1894, the Smith Opera House operated as an opera house and vaudeville theatre until it became the flagship of the Schine Circuit Inc. on March 17, 1931 opening as the Geneva Theatre with Buster Keaton in “Parlor, Bedroom and Bath”.
This majestic opera house was renovated by architect Victor Rigaumount in a unique combination of Art Deco and Baroque motifs. There are also evidences of Victorian and Moorish influences. By the 1950’s it had been renamed Geneva Theatre.
This theatre is registered with the Smithsonian as well as the National Register for Historic Places. Famous names to have graced its stage include: George M. Cohan, Isadora Duncan, Al Jolsen, Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis, Billy Joel, and Dave Matthews¡just to mention a few.
Located in downtown Geneva at the head of beautiful Seneca Lake, the Smith Opera House was proudly entering its 107th year of operation in 2001. A $2.5 million restoration campaign was almost completed.
The opera house continues to show a wide variety of live performances year-round. On weekends, the theatre shows movies on what is the largest indoor movie screen for almost 100 miles around.
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