Once Georgia’s last frontier outpost, now it’s third largest city, Columbus is a true destination of choice. From Broadway shows to the State Theatre of Georgia – Columbus offers an array of venues with world-class entertainment. From the history of the foot soldier, the Civil War and prisoners of war – Columbus is home to nationally acclaimed museums. Visitors stroll back to genteel times in the Columbus Historic District where brick streets, ancient oaks and century-old homes are the order of the day. Explore Columbus, GA.
Springer Opera House
This spectacular, red plush-and-gilt theatre was built by Francis Joseph Springer, an immigrant from Alsace who moved to Columbus before the War Between the States. It opened February 21, 1871, and soon became known as the finest theatre house between Washington and New Orleans. As you look around the main hall with its curving double balconies, delicate tulip lights and high proscenium arch, imagine sitting beneath the glow of limelight watching Ma Rainey, Ruth Gordon, Agnes DeMille, Lillie Langtry, James O'Neill, or the legendary Shakespearean Edwin Booth perform on the deep Springer Stage. Or perhaps you've come to hear a lecture by William Jennings Bryan, Will Rogers, or Franklin D. Roosevelt. No matteamr. Like so many before you have found, a visit to the Springer Opera House is a very special experience. The Springer continued as a major regional theatre center until the Great Depression ended the vast network American Theatre of road companies which provided the lifeblood of American Theatre. When the touring circuits collapsed, the Springer became a movie house and began a steady decline into near-oblivion.
The Springer Opera House was rated the number one Major Theatre in the State of Georgia for 1994 and 2004 by the Georgia Council for the Arts. It was designated as the official State Theatre of Georgia in 1971 by then Governor Jimmy Carter. A National Historic Landmark since 1975, the Springer Opera House operates today as a working theatre, presenting year-round entertainment on two stages, as well as offering formal theatre training and educational programming. In addition, The Springer produces Springer Theatre on Tour, one of the fastest growing regional touring companies in the Southeast. With a full Main Stage Season of popular plays, a colorful Children's Series and a spicy schedule in the alternative Studio II Series, the Springer is once again a major voice for the performing arts in the Southeast.
Museum areas on the first and second floors display artifacts and furnishings which reflect the times and talents of the Springer's most celebrated personalities. The Mary Margaret Byrne Museum on the second floor is named for a distinguished local journalist who was an early Springer advocate and original trustee. This room and the larger lobby museum contain 19th Century theatre seats, vintage photographs, portraits, programs, posters, and other theatre memorabilia.
Springer Theatre On Tour
Springer Theatre On Tour is one of the fastest growing touring companies in the Southeast. Making annual stops in Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia, Springer Theatre on Tour commits itself to keeping the arts alive in the Southeast by providing quality programming to both major cities and outlying rural areas. For information and dates call 706.324.5714.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday – 6:30am – 10:00pm
Sunday 1:30am – 5:00pm
Address: 103 E 10th St, Columbus, Georgia 31901
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