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The Opera House at Craigmiles Hall
by
Muse Mind Studios

An award-winning micro event space, 144 years in the making. 

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Travel  back  in  time

The year is 1878. A horse-drawn carriage makes its way through the bustling streets of Cleveland, TN. A passenger steps out, burdended with a magnificent vision, the likes of which the city had never seen. 23-year-old Walter Craigmiles gazed upon the plot of land he had selected near the city courthouse, and so began construction of the Craigmiles Hall Opera House, Cleveland's first art and cultural center.

The Legacy

The Opera House became the touchstone for a cultural awakening in Cleveland, answering the call of thousands who thirsted for intellectual improvement. Graced by performances of such national treasures as the legendary composer and conductor John Phillip Sousa, the theater's civic, educational, and beneficent endeavors for the community were its true and lasting foundation.

The Building

The architect of the Opera House is unknown. A good guess is that the design of the building came from the office of Peter J. Williamson (1823–1907), a Nashville-based architect known for his inventive use of the Second Empire style. Craigmiles Hall originally included a theater on the second floor measuring 85 x 40 feet with a 20-foot-high ceiling—remarkable dimensions for a town with fewer than 3,000 inhabitants. Despite the town’s intimate size, at the time the Opera House was built Cleveland was well situated for growth. Though opera houses were not uncommon in American towns in the nineteenth century, this one may have been inspired by one of the most publicized buildings of the day, the Paris Opera House, now known as the Palais Garnier, completed in 1875.  Whatever the stylistic source, Craigmiles Hall is distinguished by its complex mansard roof sheathed in patterned slates, supported by a deep bracketed cornice, and pierced by hooded porthole dormers. Atop the roof is a generous platform offering what was probably the highest vantage point of the downtown in 1878. The central window group above the entrance is a curious variation on a classic Florentine window: two arched windows topped with a single, round window—the standard arrangement—but then the three windows are undefined with the expected outer arched frame. -From the Society of Architectural Historians

Gallery

 
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Weddings and Events at The Opera House

All wedding and event bookings include: venue planner and coordinator, private bridal suite and groom's room, up-lighting with adjustable 16-million point color range to match event colors, on-site staff presence and support, music coordinator with surround-sound JBL ecosystem, event tables* (includes cake table and sweetheart table), and event chairs.

*For events that include a reception (The Grand, The Magnificent, etc.)

Grand opening discount:
50% off all remaining 2022 dates

The Simple

Ceremony

and

Send Off/Grand Exit

(2 hour access)

$750

The Grand

Ceremony with

-Abbreviated Reception

and

Send Off/Grand Exit.

(4 hour access)

$1,200

The Magnificent

Ceremony with

- Cocktail hour

-Room flip

-Reception

and

Send Off/Grand Exit

(Full day access)

$1,800

Some exclusions may apply. 

Reception Only

4-hour access

$900

Elopement

1-hour access for parties up to 10 people

$500

Other Events

Customized to meet
your needs.

 

Starting at
$500

For information on event bookings, click here:

 
 

Floorplan and space info

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Front of building overlooking N. Ocoee St.

The Opera House Main Chamber is approximately 1,000 square feet with a peaked 20-foot ceiling. Based on type of event, the space can accommodate micro-events up to 49 people with current renovations. ​ Glass-paned French doors allow entry into the space, with optional drapery to hide a bridal entrance. Ahead, the main wall features four hooded porthole dormers and is complimented by original beams and brick and mortar from the 1878 construction.  Two additional transom-style exterior windows are found on the left wall, helping flood the space with more natural light. Two alcoves are located on either side of the chamber. The alcoves feature large interior-facing windows and can be sectioned off from the rest of the chamber for privacy. Please note: The Opera House Main Chamber is located on the third floor of Craigmiles Hall. Due to the historic nature of the building, there is unfortunately no elevator or wheelchair access to the space. We can, however, support requests for livestreaming so friends and family and participate in your momentous occasion.

Main Chamber

Entrance into space

Hollie Jasso

Xavier Jasso

Bridal Chamber/Suite

Floorplan coming soon

Community micro events and support

We're a small company, but have big dreams. We are evaluating opportunities to host occasional micro-gatherings for art-related requests at The Opera House. Interested in using the space? Please fill out the inquiry form below.