Book the Venue

The Gravenhurst Opera House has two distinct spaces available for rent. Our Main Stage, a 320 seat performance space and the Trillium Court, a banquet and reception space for up to 150. Both areas are unique and offer traditional, old-fashioned charm that's hard not to fall in love with! Choose the Opera House to host your next event. Having the facility available for rent provides a venue for local community groups to come together to learn, socialize, network, promote the Township, provide a service to the community and generate revenue for the Township.

We are a fully accessible facility with an in-theatre dedicated wheelchair seating area, assisted hearing devices, designated restroom, and an elevator to theatre and stage level.

Weddings

Photo of a wedding ceremony at the Opera House

Our cozy and unique venue offers the perfect backdrop for your special day. Tie the knot on stage and then enjoy the ease of having your reception in the same building! Contact Kelly Hamilton at 705-687-5550 (toll free 1-888-495-8888), or by email for more information.

Main Stage Rental Information

View our rental rates, technical information and facility dimensions

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The theatre is perfect for hosting seminars, wedding ceremonies, recitals, meetings, concerts, plays and more. Offering some of the best acoustics in the country, our expert technicians and team will work with you to ensure the audio and lighting for your show or event exceeds your expectations. We also offer dedicated volunteers to assist you in making your rental or performance a success. Be sure to ask us more about these services.

Features:

  • 320 cushioned seats, with 18 wider seats
  • On-stage touring audio and lighting panels
  • Freight elevator for loading to stage level
  • 9 ft. Steinway grand piano (extra costs may apply)
  • 3 dressing rooms with showers and washrooms

 

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Trillium Court Rental Information

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Trillium Court can host up to 150 people standing, or 100 banquet seats. Totalling 1,500 sq. ft. with a fully licenced bar, this versatile space is perfectly equipped to handle your conference, business meeting, wedding reception or private function. Our wet bar and kitchenette make catering a breeze! We recommend contacting us to discuss layouts and how we can help you use the space to best suit you and your guests.

Features:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Podium and microphone
  • Pull down projection screen
  • Easels
  • 1912 Gerhard Heintzman player piano

 

Photo Gallery: Opera House Rentals - Trillium Court will appear here on the public site.


Originally built in 1901 as the Town Hall and a community gathering place, the Opera House is a historical landmark. The beautiful wood architecture, original theatre seats, stunning chandeliers from France, stained glass windows and rich history all play part in making the Opera House a cornerstone of Gravenhurst's arts, culture and heritage.

Over the decades, we have served as host to a wide variety of events and functions; housing everything from criminal court proceedings to war rallies, art exhibits, weddings and even Santa Claus!

Frequently Asked Questions For Renters

Rental Fees

Find a full list of rental fees. All rentals are subject to HST. A reserved date is considered tentative until the signed contract and deposit are received.

Deposits

The Theatre requires a non-refundable deposit of 50%. This deposit is credited toward the final settlement.

Liquor Sales

We are a licensed venue; therefore, all alcohol is to be served under our Liquor License. We do not allow Special Occasion Permits, or a renter, to bring in their own wine or alcohol.

Dressing Rooms

We have 3 dressing rooms, each equipped with a full wall of mirrors, excellent lighting, washrooms and showers.

Fire and Emergency Safety

The renter agrees to read the fire safety plan for the rental facility and communicate this information to the staff or guests during the function. Open flames are not permitted. All exits must be kept free and clear from obstructions at all times. Maximum attendance at the facilities will be governed by the Fire Regulations in the Township as specified: 320 persons in the Theatre and 150 persons in the Trillium Court.

Pyrotechnics and Open Flames

Absolutely no pyrotechnics or open flames are permitted at the Gravenhurst Opera House, per fire regulations set out by the Municipal Fire Inspector, as per the Ontario Fire Code, section 2, 4.4, 1 (1).

Insurance

Renters must carry valid insurance naming the Gravenhurst Opera House as an additional insured in the amount of $2 million. Proof of said insurance, in the form of an Insurance Certificate, must be submitted prior to the date of the specified event.

Set up and Clean Up

The renter is responsible for set up, take down and storing of chairs and tables in the appropriate storage area. The renter is responsible for returning the premises back to the general condition of cleanliness and repair to which it was found. For rentals that include any type of food service, a 25% service charge will apply to the rental fee for dry-cleaning linens and general clean-up. Where additional cleaning of the premises is deemed to be necessary, the renter agrees to pay the cleaning charges as determined by the Town of Gravenhurst.

Equipment, Effects and Staging

The Technical Supervisor has the final approval of all equipment, effects and staging. A 1 hour break for lunch or dinner for all Technical staff is required. A meal break must be scheduled after a maximum of 5 hours worked. If a meal break is missed the renter will be charged up to $35 per technician.

Loading Dock and Elevator

The Theatre has a loading dock off of Sharpe Street. Load-in is easy from the street level directly to the stage and dressing rooms.

Access to the Technical Deck and Booth

Only authorized technical or operation staff are permitted to access the Technical Deck. All persons must have a valid Fall Arrest certificate, and proof of such must be provided to the Theatre in advance.

Rigging

Rigging of all signs, set pieces, etc, are to be done by the theatre technicians only.


The Opera House is owned and operated by the Town of Gravenhurst under the direction of the Communications, Culture & Recreation department, and continues to host concerts, comedians, live theatre performances and private functions year-round.

Choose the Gravenhurst Opera House to host your next event!

Contact Us

Kelly Hamilton
Theatre Operations Supervisor

Gravenhurst Opera House, 295 Muskoka Rd. S., Gravenhurst, ON., P1P 1J1

T. 705-687-5550 ext. 23

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