Howell Opera House

The Howell Opera House, built in 1881, is a three-story historic landmark in downtown Howell, Michigan, that serves the community and surrounding area with a variety of quality programs and events.  It’s the home of the Livingston Arts Council (LAC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing quality arts and cultural programs and events; fundraisers, art exhibits, dance programs, concerts, live performances, lectures, and more for the enjoyment of individuals of all ages. The organization has owned and managed the Howell Opera House building since 2000.

When the venue opened its doors, the top two floors housed the theatre where attendees enjoyed a wide variety of productions. Live shows including Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Mikado” and Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” were among the lineup to play at this historic opera house. Theatre shows were not the only kind of entertainment that you could find here. Back in the day, you could enjoy unique shows like juggling and acrobatic acts.

Fun Fact: The Howell Opera House hosted famous speeches by presidential candidates William Jennings Bryant and Henry Ford.



Meeting Spaces

The renovated first floor of the historic building is available on various weekdays and weekends. It is perfect for parties, dinners or luncheons, business meetings, showers, receptions, reunions or exhibits. (Maximum 200 for auditorium seating; 150 for weddings or receptions.) There are two rooms available for rent: The Grand, a 3400 square foot room with exposed brick walls, track and pendant lighting, and a separate lobby area. The Walnut Room is 390 square feet and perfect for smaller meetings or for use as a food preparation area.

All events are held on the building’s first floor, which was renovated in 2006. The original opera house theater and balcony are located on the second and third floors, which have not been restored to date.


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Contact Hours
Howell Opera House
123 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843 USA
(517) 540-0065
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm