Welcome - Groups of all ages! "My wife and I recently received a tour of the Corning Opera House. We were enchanted by our tour guide, who told us about the buildings illustrious past. There were many stories from both the past and present, all of which were well told. The Opera House itself is well kept and professional, a true testament to the importance of historic preservation. If you're ever in southwest Iowa, please be sure to schedule a tour. You won't regret it!" - John B.
Historic Backstage Tour - History comes alive as you hear about FC Reese's vision over 100 years ago, learn about the early American theater experience, our "grand lady's" history, the restoration process, and what's happening today. You'll be amazed how fast the 45-60 minutes fly by. Some steps included in the backstage tour. $5 per person donation
Celebrity Tour - This "grand lady" has many stories to tell! Includes behind the scenes. What does it mean to be in the lime light? or break a leg?Experience the sights and sounds on our raked stage, dress in costume for pictures in front of the painted backdrop. $7 suggested donation
Happy Hour Tour - Basically it is the historic backstage tour that includes a beverage of your choice, beer, wine, pop, water during the Q&A session. $10 per person
School Tours - Your students will thrill at their one-of-a-kind adventures into the theater experience. Upon your arrival, each student receives a ticket to his/her special seat where the fun begins. Through hands-on-activities, the students will learn about local history, theater etiquette, perform in costumes on the raked stage and more. Very Educational & Fun! $3 - $5 per person depending on activities.
Theater Tour - Great for nursing homes, assisted living residents, and so forth. This is fine-tuned for your group, that could include a first floor tour, historical story telling, restoration tales, and watching a movie of your choice, from silent movies to classics or bring your own DVD of family pictures for the big screen. Length of tour is determined by you and the movie. $3-$5 per person depending on activities.