Gone are the plywood-covered windows, dusty hallways and lonely forgotten rooms as the curtain opens for the first performance in more than 60 years at the historic Lakeport Opera House in Laconia. The completely restored and renovated 1882 landmark will open on June 12 offering live entertainment and unique cultural experiences.
“This is a boyhood dream come to life,” says Opera House owner and developer Scott Everett, who grew up in nearby Gilford. “Reviving and reopening this building brings me great joy. I am grateful to all the people that helped us bring back a 19th century cultural center that blends high-end style with historic charm and I am confident that memorable experiences will be made here.”
The Opera House will be home to live musical performances, theatre productions, comedians, magicians as well as being host to community-focused events, weddings, and private and corporate gatherings.
Seating capacity allows for 220 but the current floor plan is set for under 200 floor, mezzanine, and VIP seats to allow for comfort and space. Seats have cocktail table access or drink rails for refreshments while being spaced apart for optimum comfort. A separate lounge area features a full bar and lakeside views.
“When you come to the Opera House, you’re getting an experience not just a show,” says Opera House venue director and brother Tim James Everett. “The concept and layout [were] created with comfort, style and mobility in mind while ensuring that there is no bad seat in the house.”
More than $1 million was invested into renovating the 30,000-square-foot building over the past three years. Modern design elements were incorporated with original fixtures creating a unique atmosphere. Several features from the 1882 building remain including reconditioned wood floors, replicated tin ceilings, and the original stage and curtains. An old map of Laconia and an original poster from the May 11, 1930, performance were found inside the walls during the renovation and will be on display.
The last show at the originally named Moore’s Opera House was in 1960. The Flutie Brothers Band, which includes former NFL star and Massachusetts-native Doug Flutie and his brother Darren, will be the first to perform in 61 years. A soft opening for the venue is scheduled for June 11 and the public opening is on June 12 at 8 p.m.
Other scheduled performances include comedian Lenny Clarke on June 17, Jay Psaros and Chuck McDermott on June 18, David Nail on July 2 and 3, Houston Bernard Band on July 9, The Little Mermen on July 11, Dancing Dream: ABBA Tribute on July 17, Steve Sweeney on August 5, and medium Maureen Hancock on August 8.
For more information on events and to purchase tickets in advance, visit lakeportopera.com.