One of Ellendale’s oldest cultural attractions, the three-story Opera House hosted a wide variety of events, beginning with traveling theater productions including plays performed by the Chase-Lister Theatre Company. The main auditorium could seat 800, but chairs could be removed for dancing and other events. The third story held the balcony and offices. The building’s future looked dim until a nonprofit organization, O.P.E.R.A., Inc., took ownership and began a phased restoration. Since 2002 the building has a new roof and has been renovated for a performing arts theater, with an exhibit hall for artists and a community room. Reopened to the public in 2012, the auditorium lobby has become the Opera House Gallery.
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