Orillia Opera House History

The Orillia Opera House Story

In 1978 the structure was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act

Today, the Orillia Opera House brings us amazing performances from local Canadian talent. In the beginning (1895) comedy, theatre and entertainment was the furthest from the services offered at the Orillia Opera House. Would you believe this amazing historic building once served as Orillia’s police headquarters, jail and municipal office?

After about 20 years (1914) a tragic fire engulfed the building, destroying the roof and the majority of the interior.

It took about 2 years to rebuild and repair the building.

The Opera House went on to house the Orillia city council chamber. There was a City Hall name plate placed on the building before the City was named Orillia.

Today the building is used for theatre, entertainment and comedy. The supreme acoustics keep its audience deeply indulged in performances.