Since 1894 this venue has risen above the Sumter horizon as an icon for civic pride. We take pride in preserving and archiving the heritage of this landmark for future generations.
We use live performances and the cultural arts to create a vibrant community and improve the quality of life for all citizens. We host 80 diverse performances throughout the year. With nearly 40% of our audience members as first time ticket buyers, we are constantly helping new patrons discover how live performances can change lives. Our partnership with public schools helps bring more than 5,000 students to the Opera House each year for FREE to experience live performances that enhance the classroom curriculum!
After 125 years, the state of South Carolina and the citizens of Sumter continue to celebrate the important role of the performing arts in the cultural life of our city. The Sumter Opera House is a cornerstone of tourism and an economic driver for the community by bringing over 20,000 visitors to Downtown Sumter on an annual basis.