The Pocahontas County Opera House
Do you love music and live performances? Are you a supporter of the arts? Do you enjoy cultural events held in magnificent local venues? Then become a supporter of the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton. For only $12 (or 2 for $20), you can purchase "The Best of The Opera House, Volume I," a CD compilation from the 2006–2007 performance series, which celebrates local favorites like The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, the Front Porch Band, and other featured performers who have graced the Opera House stage.
The Opera House is the premier performing arts center in the county and brings more than a dozen performances onto its stage each year. With a seating capacity of 250 and performances ranging from bluegrass to jazz, folk to musical theatre, and everything in between, the Opera House is also part of the West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail.
The first Opera House in Marlinton, known as “The Grand,” began showcasing vaudeville acts, dramatic productions, and moving picture shows in 1907. Built in 1910 by J. G. Tilton, the second and larger three-story Pocahontas County Opera House boasted a large stage and wrap-around balcony. In 1914, the building was sold, and for many years, was used for car sales and lumber storage.
Then, in 1991, Pocahontas County’s Historic Landmarks Commission purchased the Opera House and, with support from the community, worked to transform it from an abandoned and forgotten old building into a beautiful performance space and center for community activities, reopening its doors and bringing performances to its stage once again in 1999. Today, the century-old building is on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts ornate pressed-metal ceilings and an American Chestnut balustrade. The Opera House towers above other buildings in town as a reminder of the impact the railroads had on small towns across the country at the turn of the 20th century.
The Opera House hosts a variety of community events, including open jam sessions and family movie nights, and is available for private rentals. Visit the Opera House website for a schedule of events or to purchase "The Best of The Opera House, Volume 1."
Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. – Leon Redbone
Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. – WVU World Music Ensembles
Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. – The Steel Wheels
Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. – Rivers Rockabilly Trio
Pocahontas County Opera House, 818 3rd Avenue, Marlinton, WV 24954; 304.799.6645; email@example.com