Since its opening in 1895, the Orillia Opera House has been a focal point for the cultural life of the City of Orillia. The only professional quality performing arts venue in the town, it sits in the heart of downtown Orillia on Mississaga Street and West Street with more than ample parking available for patrons. There are no bad seats at the Orillia Opera House. It's a theatre that brings big name artists to Orillia residents - every seat in the house is a good one as they're all within 75 feet of the stage. The main stage has seating for 700 and the studio theatre space accommodates 100.
It is a city-owned, city-funded, professionally staffed facility that exists to serve the performing arts needs of the residents of Orillia. Orillia Opera House produces professional theatre during the summer and presents concerts and educational programming throughout the year. Plus, 200 additional performances are presented by the local community including the Orillia Concert Association, Mariposa Theatre Arts Foundation, Orillia Wind Ensemble, and a number of local dance studio performances.
The Orillia Opera House is a division of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department of the Corporation of the City of Orillia. Thanks to the support of the Canadian Heritage and a number of generous sponsors, the Orillia Opera House continues to offer top quality, live music and theatre that is alternately local, national and international in scope.