Fairmont Opera House

Creating Today's Memories . . . Preserving Yesterday's

Our Mission is to provide a historical arts and entertainment center with the purpose of promoting cultural growth and community involvement

Welcome to the Fairmont Opera House!


Introducing our all-new Summer Series!

For the first time in Fairmont Opera House history, we are holding a Summer Series!  This series will feature community groups such as Civic Summer Theatre, and Childrens Theatre, great concerts, and engaging community events.

As we continue to progress to our goal of being the mecca of entertainment in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, a natural step forward was to host events and concerts throughout the entire year.  However, we could not do this without the support of you, the patrons.  Thank you for coming to events, sponsoring programming, volunteering, and so much more.  This new series is a testament to the strength of our supporters.

Here are the events that we have already scheduled for this summer…and there may be more to come!

K-2 Childrens Theatre – Friday, June 8th @ 7:00 PM
Join us for the first ever K-2 Childrens Theatre Performance! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the cutest show at the Opera House this year!

FOH Tony Awards Party – Sunday, June 10th @ 6:00 PM
Come to the Opera House for a evening filled with our very own red carpet, photos, hors d’oeuvres, and a series of raffle items and a silent auction.  We will also have awards that we will give out for Best Dressed, Best Costume, and much more!  Stick around for a live stream of the Tony Awards.

Looking Bacharach – Thursday, June 14th @ 7:30 PM
With a career spanning five decades and producing more than 70 top 40 hits, no artist in the 20th Century has had a broader array of hits by a more diverse set of artists than Burt Bacharach.

Fab 6 – Tuesday, June 26th @ 7:30 PM
Fab 6 is a labor of love. Six musicians united in a long journey to do it right. Playing Studio Era Beatles music in a live setting, with live musicians.

“The Wall” Community Event Day – Saturday, July 7th from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
This all day community event will include a vendor show, outdoor entertainment, food, drinks, and games the whole family can enjoy!  The entire day is focused on our Capital Campaign fundraiser, with an emphasis on raising funds for our southern exterior wall. 

Run Like Hell – Saturday, July 7th @ 7:30 PM
Capping off our Community Event Day, the premier MN Pink Floyd Tribute helps us raise money to put “Another Brick in the Wall” with a stunning light projection show and live music that is second to none!

Civic Summer Theatre – July 24th-28th @ 7:30 PM, July 29th @ 2:00 PM
Join CST for a week of community produced theatre!  Entering it’s 53rd year, and it’s first as a part of the Fairmont Opera House, this season promises to be bigger and better than ever!  (Show to be announced)

Belle Amour – Saturday, August 4th @ 7:30 PM
Belle Amour is a world class jazz band that capture the essence of the era with a look and sound that connects the audience to the music in a fun and engaging way.

3-8 Childrens Theatre – Friday, August 10th @ 7:00 PM and Saturday, August 11th @ 2:00 PM
Join us for another successful run of Childrens Theatre!  Again this year will be a comedy, featuring the younger students, and a musical, featuring the older students!  Don’t miss the opportunity to see our talented local youth shine on the Fairmont Opera House stage!

The Sweet – Friday, August 31st @ 7:30 PM
Legendary rock band The Sweet shot to the top of the charts in the 1970s with such hits as Ballroom Blitz, Fox on the Run,Love is Like Oxygen, Little Willy, Hellraiser, Teenage Rampage, Blockbuster and Action.  Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see The Sweet on their 50th Anniversary World Tour!

We hope to see you at the Fairmont Opera House for this action-packed, blockbuster summer lineup!

Sign Up for our all-new E-Newsletter!

As we continue to make efforts to keep you informed, we have created a brand new E-Newsletter!  This newsletter will go out the 15th of every month, with the first edition coming out on March 15th.  Included in the newsletter will be information about upcoming shows, updates on the Capital Campaign, notes from our Executive Director, and more.

To subscribe to our newsletter, please fill out the form on the left hand side of our website, or the form below. 

We hope you enjoy this new way of staying up-to-date with the Fairmont Opera House!

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Reflecting After a Year of Service

December 16th marks a year that I have been here at the Fairmont Opera House.  These last few weeks have been hectic:  three shows, a rental, and two shows yet this month.  Not to mention the holidays, spending time with my family, and on occasion, sleep.  As I approach a year as your Executive Director, I began thinking about my life, my career, and the future of both.

My whole life, I have been the “big guy.” I have been the one towering over people, physically larger than most of those around me. However, as I sat in my office this week reflecting on the year that I have been here at the Opera House, the work that we have done in the community, the number of people that have been in our building the last year, the kids we reached, and so much more, I began to feel very small compared to the big things we have accomplished.

To try and clear my thoughts, I took a walk around the building which eventually led me to the stage. As I sat on the front edge, I looked out at all the empty seats and my eyes landed on a single seat: Balcony Left, Row A, Seat 3. It was in this seat that I remember seeing my first show here at the Fairmont Opera House. I came to a school performance of “Lyle Lyle Crocodile” when I was in third grade. I was sitting next to my two best friends, leaning forward in our seats, enthralled by the magic that was occurring on stage.

That was 16 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday.

As I came back to reality, I looked around at the beautiful trim work, the majestic iron chandeliers, the way the lights hit the seats, the curve of the balcony, taking it all in until I had scanned every inch of the room. I felt smaller than I ever had. Surrounded by an impressive theatre with an even more impressive legacy, I felt the presence of those that came before me: Hay, Nicholas, Arneson, and so many more. I felt the thousands of patrons; I imagined laughter, applause, cries of joy and sorrow. I thought of the stories the walls could tell if they could talk. I thought of the thousands of volunteer hours, community donations, and the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into this facility.

It was then that I realized my true purpose as Executive Director. I have been given an opportunity and assigned a responsibility to be the curator of the history and the keeper of the legacy of the Fairmont Opera House. It is my job to ensure that when I am gone, this facility and organization remain stronger than ever. That being said, I promise to continue to take steps in the direction of continued success, further community involvement, and perpetuating our mission of bringing cultural experiences to our area. We are continuing a legacy that was left for us to live up to, and leaving one that is worthy of future generations.

”I may be here for a short while, gone tomorrow into oblivion or until the days come to take me away. But, in whatever part you play, be remembered as part of a legacy…of sharing dreams and changing humanity for the better. It’s that legacy that never dies.” -Unknown


Blake Potthoff
Executive Director
Fairmont Opera House, Inc.

The “Launch the Legacy” Capital Campaign

The Purpose of the “Launch the Legacy” Campaign is to raise funds to increase patron, staff, and artist safety and accessibility while maintaining the structural and historical integrity of the building and the organization.

Community Support is imperative to the continued success of the Fairmont Opera House.  Since its inception in 1901, the Fairmont Opera House has relied on Fairmont and the surrounding communities to propel its mission forward.  Through the years as the Fairmont Opera House, Haynic Theatre, Nicholas Theatre, and now today as Fairmont Opera House, Inc., we have leaned on and still lean on our members, community supporters, and patrons.

We have again reached a time where we need to ask even more of our beloved supporters.  I, along with our Board of Directors, have decided that it is time for a large-scale fundraiser.  The Fairmont Opera House is a 116-year-old building that has aged well but is in need of our tender love and care to keep it standing for generations to come.

As well as making repairs to our Opera House, we would like to make enhancements to other portions of the building to increase patron, staff, and artist safety and accessibility.  One of these such improvements is the addition of ADA accessibility in the form of ramps, handrails, and an elevator.

To help cover the significant costs associated with these repairs and enhancements, we will need your help.  Please consider joining us in building a financial surplus large enough to accomplish our goals.  Keep in mind that as a 501C3 organization, you can deduct any donation to the Fairmont Opera House from your taxes.

Remember, this is your Opera House.  We are not owned by nor do we receive operating funds from the City of Fairmont, Martin County, or any school district.  This building belongs to you, the members of the community.

Blake Potthoff
Executive Director
Fairmont Opera House, Inc.

Welcome to the 2017-18 Subscription Series!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I want to welcome you to the 2017-18 Fairmont Opera House Subscription Series!  

This year is shaping up to be one of the biggest and busiest years in Fairmont Opera House history.  We have already seen the triumphant return of Civic Summer Theatre with their production of “Grease” and one of the largest and most successful Childrens Theatre Camps in Opera House history.  Coming up this year, we have 10 Subscription Shows, 6 Al A Carte shows, several rentals, movie rentals, a dance recital, and so much more.

But the excitement does not end with the shows.  The ripple effect of what we are accomplishing here in Fairmont is being felt throughout the state.  In the last 6 months, I have been asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Presenters Network, work as an adjudicator on the Minnesota State Arts Board Touring Grant Panel, and attend several conferences and events as a special guest and speaker. 

I am so blessed to be part of this organization and receive all of these accolades, but none of it would be possible without you, the patrons.  Because of your unending support, I am able to come to work every day to a job that I love, work with people who are among the best I’ve met, and serve a community that is second to none.  For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

All my best,

Blake Potthoff
Executive Director
Fairmont Opera House