DeWitt Operahouse Theatre supported by the DeWitt Theater Company

A nonprofit organization

$1,823 raised by 25 donors

The stories of our historic theater are as colorful as the films we project on the screen. Built for the residents of DeWitt in 1878, the Operahouse has continuously provided entertainment for over 140 years. From traveling shows to silent movies to state-of-the-art digital projection the Operahouse has surpassed the vision of its founders.

We show first-run movies on our single screen which towers over the original stage. While movies are our main attraction, the Operahouse is also a venue for other community and private events such as the DeWitt Noon Lions Travelogues, concerts, speakers, and more. And, we're not just for DeWitt residents anymore! We have loyal patrons from over 41 different zip codes!

The building is owned by the DeWitt Theater Company, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a local board of directors, while the business is managed by Laura and Ben Miers. Before Laura and Ben took over in 2018, her parents, Bim and Dianne Prichard, managed the Operahouse for over 30 years. Laura has memories serving up popcorn when she was only 8-years-old and is thrilled to be back behind the counter again.

The Operahouse mission statement "Clean, Cheap, and Courteous" was implemented by the Prichard family in 1986 and the same commitment continues 35 years later. Some say we're no frills, but we call it charm. You won't find fancy recliners, reserved seating or 3D movies, but you will find a clean, accessible, affordable, and friendly environment to watch your favorite films! We pride ourselves in great customer service and the best popcorn around!

We are dedicated to continuing the long-standing tradition of bringing entertainment to our patrons. We hope you can join us and make memories of your own. It's an experience as unforgettable as the films we show!

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"We have had the pleasure of attending great movies here for over 30 years. Great place for families, great ticket prices along with great food prices. Great staff!! Thank you for providing movies all these years!" - Linda T.

"Been coming here for about 25 years ... My family's favorite place to watch a movie by far! If a movie comes out that we want to see we try to wait until it comes to Dewitt Operahouse! The price is right for the movie and the snacks ... the most afforadable place to see a show! On top of that, the theater is clean and the staff kind and friendly! Keep it up Operahouse ... don't change a thing!" - Cindy G.

"DeWitt is lucky to have this theater! Great prices, comfortable, and friendly staff." - Michelle T.

"I love the DeWitt Operahouse and have a great experience every time!
- Wonderful atmosphere
- Tickets and snack prices can't be beat
- Friendly and helpful staff
- High quality movies" - Alexandria N.

"Great value for hometown entertainment. Staff so accommodating. Awesome prices for tickets and treats both. Accommodations exceeded my expectations for local small town theatre. Would recommend!!" - Marsha A.

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DeWitt Operahouse Theatre supported by the DeWitt Theater Company

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716 6th Avenue P.O. Box 322
DeWitt, IA 52742



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