John Piper purchased Maguire's Opera House on D Street in 1867. Re-naming it Piper's Opera House, he filled it with renowned acts of the day, including Mark Twain, who delivered a lecture from its stage.
The Great Fire of 1875 incinerated Piper's Opera House. Not easily deterred, John Piper began building a new opera house. Completed in 1878, the ornate, deluxe theatre cost $40,000...about $900,000 today. For the next five years, John Piper provided the Comstock with entertainment ranging from Shakespeare to burlesque.
Through the efforts of volunteer boards and support from the Storey County Commissioners, Piper's Opera House has a new lease on theatrical life. Ably operated by the Storey County School District, while still administered by the Piper's Opera House Programs, Inc. board, Piper's Opera House is once again enjoying a heyday of activity, including theatre presentations, concerts, weddings and more.
Piper's Opera House12 North B Street
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