Today, the Lunenburg Opera House (LOH) is a vibrant venue for the arts. A mix of performing arts including music, comedy, theatre, spoken word and readings feature on the newly restored stage. Static art shows, educational events, conferences and weddings will make use of the beautifully historic yet significantly upgraded space.
Over the past decade the LOH has gone through a no-expense-spared restoration. Updates to its infrastructure have been carefully considered: adhering to modern requirements and enhancing comfort, while respecting the all-important historic nature of the building.
Externally, the building has been restored in a manner that enables it to withstand the next hundred years without major intervention: the roof has been replaced entirely and every piece of wood has been meticulously replaced in the style of the original, using the best Western red cedar. Insulation has been integrated for the first time in history. All windows and doors have been replaced while maintaining the same look that the original builders intended.
Internally, the theatre level and the integral mezzanine have undergone an extensive restoration: an all-new, state-of-the-art stage has been constructed. New electrical services – enabling modern lighting and sound – have also been installed. All walls have been replaced and the floors have been brought back to life, looking like they did originally when the first show opened in 1909.
Over the next few years the restoration journey will continue in the ballroom and lower level.