The King Opera House is a Victorian-era styled performance hall located in Van Buren's Historic Downtown. The building was constructed in 1891, first appearing on the 1892 Sanford-Perris fire map. The ground floor housed the Willard Billiard Parlor on one side and the Wallace Saloon & Restaurant on the other. The second floor was home to the Van Buren Press newspaper. Known as the “Wallace Block” the property was purchased in 1898 by Col. Henry P. King. The King Opera House is a contributing property to the Van Buren Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2022, the City of Van Buren turned over management and day-to-day oversight of the King Opera House to Arts on Main (AOM), a non-profit arts education organization based in Van Buren. With the King Opera House's extensive history of producing and managing art programs, and AOM opening a new arts education facility and gallery next door, it's an ideal partnership. For more information, please visit the Arts on Main website here.
For King Opera House event and ticket information, or to inquire about facility rental, please contact Mr. Bill Ratcliff. To purchase tickets for events, please click this link. Season passes can be purchased via this website.