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05/29/2020
Hometown Hodges

Chosen Generation Live! Hometown Hodges #stayathometour

Chosen Generation from Greenwood South Carolina
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Band Cashapp: austinjwoodard

Hometown Hodges does not own any of the music performed in this stream.

Good morning everyone!  As we announced earlier this week, upon the planned reopening of the Opera House on July 31st pr...
05/29/2020

Good morning everyone! As we announced earlier this week, upon the planned reopening of the Opera House on July 31st precautions such as limiting the capacity of the theater to 50% will be taken in an effort to safely operate (And will likely be required by the Governor's Office).

Given the uncertainty associated with when we may be able to return to full capacity, the difficult decision has been made to reschedule the lineup of live music to 2021. The affected shows include Interstellar Echoes: #1 Pink Floyd Tribute w/ Music & Lasers, Ropin' the Wind - A Tribute to Garth Brooks (Rescheduled date), and The Breakfast Club Show. While a difficult decision, these shows are nearly impossible to put on while practicing social distancing and operating at half capacity. (Please note that those with tickets to these shows will have their tickets transferred and will be able receive a refund if so desired.)

We look forward to bringing an amazing lineup of live theater. comedy, and variety shows this summer and fall and returning to live music early in January of 2021. Stay tuned for rescheduled dates for the shows below and for shows we are booking to fill in those now vacant dates in 2020.

Abbeville, you wanted him back... we listened!  Announcement coming soon... :)
05/29/2020

Abbeville, you wanted him back... we listened! Announcement coming soon... :)

05/28/2020
Hometown Hodges

The Shane Pruitt Band, Live! #stayathometour #onthesquare

The Shane Pruitt Band from Spartanburg SC

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Hometown Hodges does not own any of the music performed in this stream.

Ever since the Clay Page show, we have been asked about when we can have Jeff Gates back in Abbeville.Who would like to ...
05/27/2020

Ever since the Clay Page show, we have been asked about when we can have Jeff Gates back in Abbeville.

Who would like to see The Jeff Gates Band play Hogs & Hens this year? :)

Flashback to Shaun Jones!  Maybe the funniest comic to ever take the stage of the Opera House! Who wants to see Shaun ba...
05/27/2020

Flashback to Shaun Jones! Maybe the funniest comic to ever take the stage of the Opera House! Who wants to see Shaun back in Abbeville? #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

The Opera House is honored to host the Hometown Hodges Concert Series through the middle of June!  This concert series, ...
05/26/2020
Livestreams still happening, but live music in-person resuming

The Opera House is honored to host the Hometown Hodges Concert Series through the middle of June! This concert series, in addition to bringing live entertainment directly to tens of thousands of viewers, has been instrumental in helping those in the music industry which have been severely impacted by COVID-19! Make sure to tune in every Wednesday through Friday Night! And thanks to the Greenwood Community Theatre helping out as well! #onthesquare #stayathometour

Music livestreams have kept area performers virtually in front of people during social distancing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Let us honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation on this Memorial Day.
05/25/2020

Let us honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation on this Memorial Day.

City offices will be closed today as we pause in remembrance of our nations fallen heroes this Memorial Day. While many of us may have activities with family and friends planned, let us not forget the real reason for Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

Make sure to tune in tonight to The Leftovers - Party Band Livestream at 7:30PM!  Hometown Hodges #onthesquare #stayatho...
05/22/2020

Make sure to tune in tonight to The Leftovers - Party Band Livestream at 7:30PM! Hometown Hodges #onthesquare #stayathometour

Make sure to check out tomorrow nights livestream at 7:30PM from the Opera House via Hometown Hodges featuring the Picke...
05/20/2020

Make sure to check out tomorrow nights livestream at 7:30PM from the Opera House via Hometown Hodges featuring the Pickens CreeK Band! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Tonight at The Belmont Inn!  Come emjoy some amazing food on the veranda and be part of the Free "Mike on the Mic" T-Shi...
05/19/2020

Tonight at The Belmont Inn! Come emjoy some amazing food on the veranda and be part of the Free "Mike on the Mic" T-Shirt Night - The Belmont Inn Veranda. #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Tonight on The Veranda at The Belmont Inn...

Chef Lee presents his take on a dish we all love...TACOS!!!

Choose from a trio of delicious preparations, including Blackened Atlantic Salmon, Prime Pork Tenderloin and Certified Angus Beef Ribeye tacos.

All plates served with homemade refried black beans, rice, freshly made guacamole and chips and salsa.

Dine with us tonight and be a part of the "Mike on the Mic" radio show broadcasting live this evening. You may even get a free tshirt.

Viva Tacos!

Make sure to tune in this evening to the Bad Weather States Live Stream!  Courtesy of Hometown Hodges and the Stay at Ho...
05/15/2020

Make sure to tune in this evening to the Bad Weather States Live Stream! Courtesy of Hometown Hodges and the Stay at Home Tour. #onthesquare #supportlocalartists

As the Opera House looks toward a time when we can hopefully resume operations, we would like your feedback through a qu...
05/14/2020

As the Opera House looks toward a time when we can hopefully resume operations, we would like your feedback through a quick survey on your comfort level in returning to shows later this year and what safety protocols are the most important to you. This survey has 6 multiple choice questions and should take no longer than 2 minutes to complete. Thanks in advance and we hope to see you soon!

(Access the survey through the below link)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6GJCRFT

Make sure to check out the Curtains Up Coalition's inaugural performance this evening! Via Ryan Hewitt, Artistic Directo...
05/13/2020

Make sure to check out the Curtains Up Coalition's inaugural performance this evening! Via Ryan Hewitt, Artistic Director at Greenwood Community Theatre the "Curtains Up Coalition is a way for live theater organizations to continue to engage and entertain audiences, and raise money, during this time of global pandemic when performance venues are shuttered and stages went dark."

We are KICKING OFF Curtains Up Coalition's online performance series this Wednesday, May 13th at 8pm with Curtains Up on Wild Hare Productions! Our team has been busy recording introductions to tell you a little bit about our community theatre homes.

This week, the spotlight is on Wild Hare Productions with their performance of an original short play called "The Starfish Island Unified Town Council and School Board Emergency Quarantine Meeting and Sing-along", a light-hearted look at one very quirky community's attempt to enforce social distancing.

Following the performance, we have a special introduction from our member theatres!

Community theatres are completely shut down during this crazy time. We can't entertain, engage, inspire, give back, employ artists, or fuel our economy like we normally do—so Curtains Up is here to find innovative ways to inspire, create, and advocate!

This week, we are asking you to consider donating to Wild Hare Productions by visiting www.venmo.com/Batbara-Park.

See you Wednesday at 8pm!

05/13/2020
Southern Fried Morning Show

Check out the Opera House's Mike Elis on with Benji and Lacey of the Southern Fried Morning Show for a hilarious segment! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Shocking ⚡⚡⚡ Trivia

Great news for the Opera House!  #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville
05/13/2020

Great news for the Opera House! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

The City is proud to announce it is a recipient of the 2020 SCPRT Undiscovered Grant for $200,000! These funds will be coupled with local funds and another grant for $25,000 from the Municipal Association to make significant investments in The Abbeville Opera House.

Investments which will work to turn the venue into a modern performance arts facility, preserve the Opera House for future generations, and greatly increase the potential economic impact of the Opera House on our community. Renovations are set to include sound, lighting, seats, roofing, hvac, concessions, flooring, paint, and a number of other smaller projects. Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Don't forget! The Breakfast Club show has been rescheduled for November 14th!  We can't wait to host this awesome band a...
05/12/2020

Don't forget! The Breakfast Club show has been rescheduled for November 14th! We can't wait to host this awesome band again! Artisan Entertainment#onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

We may have missed them at the Spring Festival, but you can catch the Swingin' Medallions live from the Opera House toni...
05/08/2020

We may have missed them at the Spring Festival, but you can catch the Swingin' Medallions live from the Opera House tonight as part of the 2020 Stay at Home Tour! Live Stream starts at 7:30PM! Hometown Hodges #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Make sure to tune in tonight at 7:30PM to the Hometown Hodges Livestream to catch Jackson Station live from the Opera Ho...
05/07/2020

Make sure to tune in tonight at 7:30PM to the Hometown Hodges Livestream to catch Jackson Station live from the Opera House as part of the 2020 Stay at Home Tour! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Thanks to Bonnie Scroggs for providing breakfast for the City Fire and Police Departments!
05/01/2020

Thanks to Bonnie Scroggs for providing breakfast for the City Fire and Police Departments!

The Abbeville Opera House's cover photo
05/01/2020

The Abbeville Opera House's cover photo

The Abbeville Opera House is proud to release its new official logo!  We hope you like it! #onthesquare #allaboutabbevil...
05/01/2020

The Abbeville Opera House is proud to release its new official logo! We hope you like it! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

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The Opera House plays host to Stand-Up Comedians, Live Musicians, Live Theatre, Movies and more! Performing in the George Settles auditorium on the Michael Genevie Mainstage. Performance information is available by contacting the Opera House at (864) 366-9673.

History of the Opera House

Since 1908 ...

At the turn of the last century there were many "road companies" producing shows in New York City. Once the production was assembled, the show traveled throughout the country. One of the more popular tours went from New York to Richmond to Atlanta. For a number of years, Abbeville was an overnight stop for the entire touring company. Several members of the community decided that if this area had a facility, since the traveling theatre companies were coming through here anyway, Abbeville could sponsor some of these touring productions. At that time, Abbeville was a center of activity for western South Carolina. Many "road companies" began touring from New York to Atlanta, with the Opera House as an overnight stop. Between 1908 and 1913, Abbeville audiences enjoyed approximately 260 live performances on the magnificent 7500 square foot Opera House stage. The theater offered a rich variety of Vaudeville,Minstrel and Burlesque shows - along with touring productions of many of Broadways most popular musicals and plays. From The Great Divide (which opened the theatre on October 10, 1908), and Fagg's Famous Lady Minstrels to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and a musical version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Abbeville Opera House offered an incredible variety of entertainment. Locals attest appearances by legendary performers Fanny Brice and Jimmy Durante - as well as, George White's Scandals and the Ziegfeld Follies graced the Opera House stage during its heyday. Beginning with the appearance of moving pictures as early as 1910, Opera House audiences enjoyed a unique companionship between live theater and motion pictures. A partial listing indicates that over 3,250 moving pictures played in the theater from 1914 to 1930. During this time, articles in the local press showed public concern over whether or not these silent films were wholesome and over the manners exhibited by theatre audiences. The local weekly newspaper, The Abbeville Press and Banner, printed several specific suggestions for the theater-goers of the era, such as:

With musicians and full sound effects, silent movies still had some of the glamour of live theater. But beginning with The Jazz Singer, the "talkies" replaced live entertainment with sound track recording, and the magic of show business became the routine of canned entertainment. The Jazz Singer played the historic Abbeville Opera House in 1927 and the road shows began to fade. Vaudeville, Minstrel and Burlesque shows became a thing of the past and as the theater declined, Abbeville's influence as a cultural center also began to fade. The Opera House remained a movie theater until the late fifties, when it joined many other grand "movie houses" that were losing money and were forced to close.

The Revival...

Also in the late 1950's, a group of supporters formed under the leadership of George W. Settles for the purpose of preserving live theater in upstate South Carolina. Organized in 1958 as the Abbeville Community Theater, the group dedicated itself to preserving legitimate theater for Abbeville and the surrounding region, and staged productions in the old Chestnut Street School for the next decade. Ten years later, A.C.T. visualized the potential of the abandoned Opera House and mounted a community-wide campaign as the first step in restoring this grand old theater. To celebrate the return of The Opera House to its original purpose, Thornton Wilder's Our Town was presented on stage in May, 1968.

Soon after its restoration the Opera House once again began to draw attention to Abbeville. In 1970-'71 both the American Community Theatre Association and the American College Theatre Association held the south eastern competitions in the Opera House. These events brought the best of the college and community theaters to perform on Abbeville's stage, as well as famous theatre personages to act as judges and reviewers. Sponsors of the events included such famous names as American Airlines, American Express, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

With the increase in tourism in this region, the Opera House began a Summer Theater Season in 1978. In 1979, a professional touring theater company led by Michael Genevie, established residence at the Opera House - the first since 1917. Michael Genevie has gone on to become the Executive Director of the historic Abbeville Opera House. Under his leadership, the theatre has twice been awarded the South Carolina Governor's Travel Award for Tourism and was designated as the Official State Theatre of South Carolina. Genevie has received numerous awards through the years and continues to direct the majority of the winter and summer theatre season productions on the turn of the century stage.

Today the Opera House is fully restored to its turn-of-the-century condition with two exceptions - the addition of air conditioning and rocking chair seats. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theater uses the same rope pulled rigging systems as in 1908, and is the only "hemp house" remaining in South Carolina. Once again, this "Grand Old Theater" is being used for its original purpose - to present live theater as the cultural hub of Abbeville and the Upstate Region of South Carolina.

Gifts to the Opera House are tax exempt and are vital to keep it flourishing. Wouldn't you like to help keep a Grand Old Theater active?

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Happy Birthday Abbeville Opera House!!! 111 years since the doors opened on Oct. 10th, 1908!
Would love to see some country music performances like Mo Pitney https://g.co/kgs/zmrEYR or other young rising artist.