With over a century of rich history, is has served as a fertile training ground for numerous luminaries and artists including; Orson Welles, Paul Newman, Tom Bosley, Geraldine Page, Lois Nettleton, Betsy Palmer, and Shelley Berman. The buildings architectural style is a mixture of late Victorian era tastes combined with Early American, Midwestern, Gothic and even Moorish elements. The interior of the auditorium is modeled after the river showboats of its time, with dimensions and decorations that imitate many of those grand floating theaters. The building features historic furnishings, stained glass windows, tin ceilings, original woodwork, and hand drawn stencil ornamentation.
Situated on the downtown historic square in Woodstock IL, the Opera House is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the country. As one of the most recognized historic theaters in the mid-west it is designated as a historic landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is home to four resident companies and presents a continuous line-up of events year round including: Concerts, Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Educational programming, Lectures, Meetings, Receptions and more. The Opera House is open for viewing during posted hours and guided tours are available upon request.