Originally built in 1885 and rebuilt in 1896 after being destroyed by fire, the Woodland Opera House is still a stopping place for actors, musicians, and entertainers.
Over 300 touring companies had appeared on its stage by 1913, enriching the community with arts and entertainment, when, due to the growing popularity of motion pictures and an injury lawsuit, the Opera House was closed and boarded up. In 1971, the Yolo County Historical Society purchased the building.
The Woodland Opera House has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971. It became a California Registered Historical Landmark (#851) in 1973 and was declared a California State Historic Park in 1976. The Opera House was donated to the State of California in 1980. Major restoration work began in 1981.
Located at the corner of Main and Second Street in historic downtown Woodland, the Opera House is two walking blocks from eight restaurants and has plenty of safe, off-street parking.
- From Sacramento take I-5 North to the Main Street exit. Turn left and continue one mile to downtown Woodland.
- From the Bay Area, Dixon-Vacaville area, take I-80 East to Highway 113 North (Woodland Exit). Continue 9 miles to the Main Street Exit. Turn left and continue one mile to the downtown area.
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