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Jammin in the Alley is underway! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville #jammin
10/01/2020

Jammin in the Alley is underway! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville #jammin

It’s perfect weather for a stroll around the Square! Come check out Downtown Abbeville’s growing retail environment and ...
10/01/2020

It’s perfect weather for a stroll around the Square! Come check out Downtown Abbeville’s growing retail environment and amazing restaurants! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association

Get your tickets now to Vino in the Ville and the Boos and Brews Beer Walk! Ticket links in the comments! #onthesquare #...
10/01/2020

Get your tickets now to Vino in the Ville and the Boos and Brews Beer Walk! Ticket links in the comments! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association

Tickets are back on sale for the amazing Garth Brooks Tribute, Ropin the Wind! This show, along with dinner at one of ou...
10/01/2020

Tickets are back on sale for the amazing Garth Brooks Tribute, Ropin the Wind!

This show, along with dinner at one of our amazing downtown eateries, will surely make for a great Valentines Day Date! (Please note seating is limited due to current COVID restrictions.) #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association Ropin' the Wind - A Tribute to Garth Brooks

2 Year Anniversary Celebration coming up Saturday at Divine Your Space! Make sure to stop by! Divine Your Space #onthesq...
09/30/2020

2 Year Anniversary Celebration coming up Saturday at Divine Your Space! Make sure to stop by! Divine Your Space #onthesquare #trinitystreet #allaboutabbeville

Square Crows are out! Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville
09/28/2020

Square Crows are out! Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Tickets are back on sale for Interstellar Echoes: #1 Pink Floyd Tribute! Remember, seating will be limited to all shows ...
09/28/2020

Tickets are back on sale for Interstellar Echoes: #1 Pink Floyd Tribute! Remember, seating will be limited to all shows while COVID restrictions are in effect! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Opera House partner The Belmont Inn is the perfect place to have your next special event! #onthesquare #allaboutabbevill...
09/26/2020

Opera House partner The Belmont Inn is the perfect place to have your next special event! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Consider hosting your next special event at one of this areas most recognized landmarks, our beloved Belmont Inn. Let Susan Botts and her professional staff help plan and create your next wedding or bridal shower, luncheon, birthday party or special dinner. Her extraordinary style and attention to every detail with insure that your guests will be happy that they were invited. Southern Hospitality at its best. Indoor and outside seating on The Veranda is available. Contact Susan At 864-459-9625 or message her through this site to learn more.

Did you know? The City’s Parking lot project behind the Belmont Inn has helped to increase accessibility to Opera House ...
09/25/2020

Did you know? The City’s Parking lot project behind the Belmont Inn has helped to increase accessibility to Opera House Performances and Downtown Businesses! The next phase of this project is the refurbishment/replacement of sidewalks, lighting, and crosswalks down E. Pickens and up Clarence Pressley Street. This project is being largely funded by a $400,000 grant from SCDOT and work should begin in 2021. #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

09/24/2020
The Belmont Inn

Very cool! WZLA broadcasting live from The Belmont Inn this evening! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Tonight 🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈
WZLA in the house!!
It’s everything you need to know about our area Football
Benji will be broadcasting from JP’s Food & Spirits
Sit back, have a specialty cocktail and enjoy the show!!l

Tickets are on sale now for the Elvis Birthday Celebration in the Carolinas! Get yours before they’re gone! (Right now s...
09/24/2020

Tickets are on sale now for the Elvis Birthday Celebration in the Carolinas! Get yours before they’re gone!

(Right now seating is limited to 50% capacity.) #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Is it the weekend yet?! Come get an early start on yours with some Downtown Shopping and a bite to eat! Downtown Abbevil...
09/24/2020

Is it the weekend yet?! Come get an early start on yours with some Downtown Shopping and a bite to eat! Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Attention! Please note that due to mandates limiting the capacity of venues the James Gregory show has been moved  to Ap...
09/24/2020

Attention! Please note that due to mandates limiting the capacity of venues the James Gregory show has been moved to April 22nd and 23rd of 2021. Ticket holders to the October show have been transferred to those dates.

If you would like to request a refund please contact the Opera House through Facebook Messenger, email at [email protected], or by phone at 864-366-9673. #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Big thanks to the MASC for awarding the City of Abbeville $25,000 to go towards the Opera House Renovation Project! Thes...
09/23/2020

Big thanks to the MASC for awarding the City of Abbeville $25,000 to go towards the Opera House Renovation Project! These funds will help to assist with the major upgrades taking place! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

In case you missed it!  A major step was taken towards the return of theatrical performances to the Opera House at the S...
09/22/2020
City forming Performing Arts Foundation

In case you missed it! A major step was taken towards the return of theatrical performances to the Opera House at the September City Council Meeting when the City moved to establish the Abbeville Community Performing Arts Foundation (ACPA).

This non-profit foundation would "facilitate community-oriented theatrical events in the Opera House" and "act as another engine for economic and cultural development in the City of Abbeville."; while the City would continue to directly bring in professional acts through the Community Development Department.

More information on the board as well as an application process for interested persons, will be put forward in the coming weeks. We look forward to live theater safely returning to a renovated Opera House in 2021.

See below for an article written by the Press and Banner on this topic:

The City of Abbeville is in the process of establishing the Abbeville Community Arts Foundation.

The Opera House is pleased to announce we will be hosting Michael Winslow, of Police Academy Fame,  on February 26th! Ti...
09/22/2020

The Opera House is pleased to announce we will be hosting Michael Winslow, of Police Academy Fame, on February 26th! Tickets to go on sale in the coming weeks! Mark your calendars now for this awesome show! Abbeville Comedy Special Event: Michael Winslow (Police Academy) #onthesquare #allaboutabbevile

Fall is definitely in the air! We can’t wait until we can resume in person performances again! We are hopeful we will ha...
09/21/2020

Fall is definitely in the air! We can’t wait until we can resume in person performances again! We are hopeful we will have some exciting announcements in the coming weeks! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

It’s a beautiful day in Abbeville! What’s your favorite Downtown Spot for Sunday Brunch/Lunch? Can’t decide? Come on dow...
09/20/2020

It’s a beautiful day in Abbeville! What’s your favorite Downtown Spot for Sunday Brunch/Lunch? Can’t decide? Come on down to the Square today and give one a try! The Belmont Inn Maria’s Theos The Iconic Burger of Abbeville Food For The Soul #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

We can’t wait for Opera House Favorites The Breakfast Club to take the stage again at the Opera House! Tickets to resume...
09/19/2020

We can’t wait for Opera House Favorites The Breakfast Club to take the stage again at the Opera House! Tickets to resume sale soon! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Jammin in the Alley resumes this evening with Nashville Songwriter Joel Shewmake! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville
09/18/2020

Jammin in the Alley resumes this evening with Nashville Songwriter Joel Shewmake! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Make sure to start your Friday morning off right with a trip to Main Street Coffee Company or Daily Bread Bakery LLC! #o...
09/18/2020

Make sure to start your Friday morning off right with a trip to Main Street Coffee Company or Daily Bread Bakery LLC! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association

As work on current renovations has gotten underway, we thought it appropriate to reflect back on prior work to the Opera...
09/17/2020

As work on current renovations has gotten underway, we thought it appropriate to reflect back on prior work to the Opera House! This photo, from 2012, shows the roof work which took place to the front and middle sections of the building.

Photo credit goes to Bill Fitzpatrick. Bill has also been instrumental in helping preserve another one of Abbeville’s most Iconic Structures, Trinity Church. https://preservesc.org/sacred-spaces/

Awesome opportunity for a great time and to support two locally owned Downtown Businesses! Divine Your Space  Indigenous...
09/16/2020

Awesome opportunity for a great time and to support two locally owned Downtown Businesses! Divine Your Space Indigenous Underground #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Please note! Thursday’s Jammin in the Alley concert has been moved to October 8th due to the likelihood of inclement wea...
09/16/2020

Please note! Thursday’s Jammin in the Alley concert has been moved to October 8th due to the likelihood of inclement weather. Friday’s concert is still set to proceed as scheduled! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Did you know? The Opera House was built to host touring companies on the rail route from New York to Atlanta! It was rec...
09/15/2020

Did you know? The Opera House was built to host touring companies on the rail route from New York to Atlanta! It was recognized as a landmark of American Music by the National Music Council and has served as venue for the Performing Arts since it reopened in 1968. #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Jammin in the Alley returns this week with a double header featuring a Thursday and Friday concert! #onthesquare #allabo...
09/14/2020

Jammin in the Alley returns this week with a double header featuring a Thursday and Friday concert! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

One year celebration at Crate and Quill LLC!
09/12/2020

One year celebration at Crate and Quill LLC!

We want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us over this last year. We are grateful for our amazing community! God has been so good to us!!

1 Year Celebration and Fall Sale is from 10:00-3:00 Saturday, 9/14/2020 (store will be open till 4:00).

Come on out and say hello!

113 Washington St. Abbeville, SC (Just off the Historic Square).

We can’t wait to see the Square packed like this again on Friday and Saturday Nights with Opera House Patrons! More show...
09/12/2020

We can’t wait to see the Square packed like this again on Friday and Saturday Nights with Opera House Patrons! More show announcements coming soon! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Let us all take a moment today and remember all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The American Legion...
09/11/2020

Let us all take a moment today and remember all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The American Legion will host a remembrance ceremony on the Square this morning at 8:30 AM.

Don’t forget! Jammin in the Alley takes a break this week. But Jammin returns next week with a double header featuring A...
09/10/2020

Don’t forget! Jammin in the Alley takes a break this week. But Jammin returns next week with a double header featuring Abbeville’s own Project Jaspre Bleu on Thursday and Nashville Songwriter Joel Shewmake on Friday! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

There’s always something going on on Washington Street! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville
09/09/2020

There’s always something going on on Washington Street! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Loving our new sign from @cpgabbeville! They did an incredible job👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Be sure to check it out next time you are visiting Washington Street!

One more step towards the Opera House Upgrades! Last night City Council approved a bid from Lloyd Roofing for Phase 3 of...
09/09/2020

One more step towards the Opera House Upgrades! Last night City Council approved a bid from Lloyd Roofing for Phase 3 of the Opera House Roof Renovation! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

We’re so thrilled to see the arts flourishing in Abbeville! Have you checked out Indigenous Underground? This event venu...
09/08/2020

We’re so thrilled to see the arts flourishing in Abbeville! Have you checked out Indigenous Underground? This event venue frequently features local artists and amazing food prepared by Abbeville’s own Chef Trudy!

And we can’t wait until we are once again able to host events at the Opera House! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

Beautiful Sunday in Downtown Abbeville! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville
09/06/2020

Beautiful Sunday in Downtown Abbeville! #onthesquare #allaboutabbeville

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Abbeville, SC
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The Abbeville Opera House

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.