Stuart’s Opera House & Gallery 1879

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Location: Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville

Contact: Tim Peacock

Phone: 740-753-1924

Art openings hosted on Final Fridays. Exhibits change monthly.


The vision for Stuart’s Opera House is to be the cultural anchor and a center of expression on Nelsonville’s bustling and dynamic Public Square. It is a historic venue sought out by people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from near and far. Its well-earned reputation as an intimate, casual setting for continuous offerings of both familiar and innovative artistic performances and community events brings people back time and again.



Stuart’s Opera House is the cornerstone of the public square in Nelsonville Ohio and has been a part of this Southeast Ohio town since the boom times of coal mining in the 19th century. During this time, both the building and the region have gone through a great deal of change. Because of this, the history of Stuart’s can teach us about the transformations within Southeast Ohio, and particularly how the local population’s views on entertainment, and how to interact with the greater community, evolved.

For the past 10 years the Opera House has seen growth, prosperity, culture and fun. In addition to a full concert schedule of the best in Americana, folk, and contemporary music, Stuart’s proudly hosts both community and professional theatrical productions, dance, and visual art exhibits. The atmosphere is so welcoming and intimate that you may just feel as if Lucinda Williams has come to your living room and is singing just for you. Volunteers, friends, patrons and donors agree that Stuart’s is where it’s at for music lovers and community.


If you are looking for a unique venue to hold your performance, meeting, reception, wedding, or other special event, look no further than Stuart’s Opera House. Stuart’s is available to host all kinds of special events.

One of America’s most charming and intimate theatres, Stuart’s Opera House has the capacity of 395 in the second-story theatre and 75 in our Lobby (street level). Set on Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square, the opera house offers many services and equipment for your special event. These include:

  • Event coordination
  • Tables and chairs
  • Caterer facilitation
  • Ticket printing and sales
  • Technical support including lighting and sound
  • Dressing rooms
  • House manager, ushers, and ticket takers
  • Intermission refreshments

The theatre is rented on an hourly or daily basis. Prices for theatre rental vary according to event. Please view rental fees below. For details and specifics about renting the beautifully restored Stuart’s Opera House, please call 740-753-1924.

Gallery 1879:

Stuart’s Opera House’s lobby doubles as our Gallery 1879 and showcases work from local, regional, and national artists in a variety of mediums. The Gallery 1879 has hosted shows featuring painting, photography, sculpture, letterpress, rare and strange LP art, recycled artwork, and more. Stuart’s has hosted shows for numerous artists over the years, with exhibits changing every 1-2 months.

The Gallery 1879 also proudly takes part in Nelsonville’s monthly Final Fridays on the Square, an art event that takes place the last Friday of each month. During Final Fridays multiple galleries and shops in Nelsonville’s Historic Square Arts District stay open late and present new shows, workshops and more. Our exhibit openings take place on Final Fridays.