Harrison Opera House

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Edythe C. and Stanley L. Harrison Opera House
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Address160 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia
United States
Coordinates36°51′30″N 76°17′24″W / 36.85833°N 76.29000°W / 36.85833; -76.29000Coordinates: 36°51′30″N 76°17′24″W / 36.85833°N 76.29000°W / 36.85833; -76.29000
OwnerCity of Norfolk
OperatorCity of Norfolk
TypeOpera house
Opened1943 (as Norfolk Center Theater)
Reopened1993 (renovated as Harrison Opera)

The Edythe C. and Stanley L. Harrison Opera House, also known as the Harrison Opera House, is the official home of the Virginia Opera in the Neon District of Downtown Norfolk on the border of the Ghent Square neighborhood.

Built as a public works auditorium, this theatre served as a venue for World War II USO shows. The theater was known previously as Norfolk Center Theater., The venue was renovated by architecture firm, GUND Partnership, reopening in 1993 as a dedicated opera facility with a 1,632 seating capacity. The building originally contained both the USO/Center Theater along with the adjoining former Norfolk Municipal Auditorium, which now serves as storage and administrative space for the Virginia Opera.

The opera house is named after Stanley and Edythe Harrison, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and founding president of the Virginia Opera.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Washington, Michelle (September 21, 2009). "What's in a name? Harrison Opera House in Norfolk". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk.
  2. ^ Germanotta, Tony (April 30, 2007). "Whatever happened to... the opera-loving 'volunteer'?". The Virginian Pilot. Retrieved August 12, 2020.