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


The Marlin Milbrandt Estate

© 2018 Joseph Kreiss Photography for the Fairmont Opera House

In January, the Fairmont Opera House was fortunate enough to be a beneficiary of the Marlin
Milbrandt Estate.  Below are articles from local media outlets in reference to the gift. 

KEYC TV, Mankato
Fairmont Sentinel

Blake Potthoff, executive director of the Fairmont Opera House, recalled hearing the news during the board’s first meeting to discuss a capital improvement campaign for the historic theater. Original plans to raise between $3 million and $5 million to just repair the Opera House were enlarged to a $10 million campaign to expand and renovate with the installation of an elevator, new offices and meeting rooms.

“Everybody at the table was teary-eyed. Everybody was crying,” Potthoff said.“We wouldn’t have been able to think about an addition without this gift.”

-Judy Bryan, Fairmont Sentinel


One Night In Nashville

Big thanks go out to Sweet Financial Services of Fairmont, MN for hosting Songwriter City at the Fairmont Opera House on November 18th, 2017.  This event directly benefited the Fairmont Opera House “Launch The Legacy” Capital Campaign, with 100% of the proceeds going to the fundraising effort.

In all, over $35,000 was raised to help with the Capital Campaign.  The article below was featured on KEYC TV, Mankato.

A recent fundraiser raises thousands of dollars toward the rehabilitation of a historic landmark in Fairmont.  Last month, Sweet Financial Services hosted a One Night in Nashville event at the Fairmont Opera House.  Over 300 people attended the event, raising over $35,000. Those funds will go toward updates for the Opera House.
A $10 million dollar fundraising campaign was established back in September for the 116-year-old building.  The ‘Launch the Legacy’ capitol campaign says around $2.3 million dollars has been raised so far.
The renovation will include roof repairs, improved handicap accessibility and a loading dock to help improve the quality and safety for staff and visitors.

-KEYC TV, Mankato

Thank you Sweet Financial!

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