The Earlville Opera House (EOH) mission is to enrich the Central New York community through the visual and performing arts while preserving its historic building, listed on the National Historic Register.  EOH was founded in 1970 as a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, community service organization promoting the arts in a rural region of central New York.  We offer programs of cultural, educational, and historical significance, while we preserve and restore the architectural and historic integrity of the Earlville Opera House, an unique second-story theater constructed in 1892, for future generations.

EOH has served as a focal point for community activities and the arts since 1892. The Opera House provided a stage for live entertainment before conversion to a silent movie house and then a talking movie house. In the 1950’s, the second story theater closed.  In 1971, the building was threatened by demolition. A local artist purchased the theater and gave it to the volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization.  Restoration work began immediately which led to presenting live performances once again, including a free children’s series.  An EOH capital campaign undertook renovations completed in 2005 adding universal accessibility, office, classroom and gallery space.  The organization continues to raise funds to add climate control and to weatherize the theater.

The changes have resulted in a facility that is the pride of the community and a true focal point for the arts.  In 2006, EOH was awarded Primary Organization Status by NYSCA recognizing the quality of EOH arts services and the importance of EOH contributions to our community.

EOH is now in its 42nd year of programming with an extremely diverse series of performances including work for children, musical theater, drama, dance, world music, traditional American genres, including, but not limited to Contemporary, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Country, or American roots music genres like Country, Gospel, Soul, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, Tejano, Conjunto, Native-American, Folk, and Celtic music. Performances are chosen to expand audiences, especially for children and families who may be unfamiliar with these art forms.

EOH VISION STATEMENT:

Create a vibrant, premier destination for the arts that will:

  • Serve all of the residents of the surrounding communities by increasing the diversity of programming and audiences;
  • Improve Central New York through the arts;
  • Provide outreach to schools and communities;
  • Foster communication and collaboration among arts groups and institutions; and
  • Serve as an example of historic preservation efforts.

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