Adjusting to the Times: Dec 2020 - Jan 2021

In light of recent developments concerning the health of our community, The Board of Directors of the Wright Opera House has made the decision to temporarily postpone in-person programming in hopes of resuming at the end of January, 2021. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our incredible volunteers and supporters for an inspiring summer and fall season. Your continued support has helped to keep the arts in our community alive and vibrant this year despite obvious hurdles for us all. 

The Wright Opera House staff and Board of Directors will utilize this period of closure to gear up for an exciting 2021 schedule, as well as execute a few projects pertaining to our Historic building.

In the meantime, we will continue to host the WrightEd online lecture series, and look forward to bringing you more virtual content in the months to come. Custom Crafted by Cie’s art exhibit “Arborescent” will remain on display and will continue to be available for viewing by private appointment. As always, please visit our website for continued online offerings such as our in-house radio show, The Shadow, virtual art show “Art in Isolation,” and more. 

At the Wright Opera House we are determined to always be in compliance with all state, county and city laws, licenses, permits, orders and guidelines for all aspects of our performing arts venue and Tavern space. We are also very cognizant of the responsibilities we shoulder in being a gathering center for our community, as well as the financial responsibility we carry to our donors. We will continue to keep all of these duties at the forefront of our decision making processes when we reevaluate at the end of January 2021.

Thank you again for your understanding and continued support. From all of us at The Wright Opera House, we wish you a safe and Happy Holiday season!

See you soon,
Friends of The Wright Opera House

Find updates and news on our blog, The Wright View. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions. Stay happy and healthy! #wrightoperahouse
Upcoming events
Cie Hoover Arborescent

Cie Hoover's "Arborescent"

Special Livestream Viewing December 3 @ 6:30

Join Cie on Facebook Live this Thursday, December 3rd at 6:30pm for a special livestream viewing of “Arborescent”. Get artist insight and ask questions!

Art in Isolation

Art in Isolation

Online Exhibit

In a time of “social distancing” the Wright Opera House invites you to reconnect through our new experimental exhibition called Art in Isolation: Coping with Quarantine.

WrightEd online lecture series

WrightEd Lecture Series

Online courses coming in January!

The WrightEd Lecture Series has covered the Evolution of Life, Maps of the World and more. Be on the look out for some new, exciting series coming in the new year.

The Wright View

The Wright View

Get the latest news and updates

Stay up to date on Wright news during these changing times.

The Shadow - Radio Mystery

The Shadow - Radio Mystery

Listen to 19 episodes of this classic show!

One of the most popular radio shows in history, The Shadow went on the air in August of 1930 and ran until 1954. Nineteen of these fabulous episodes were recorded by the Wright.

Support the Wright

Support the Wright

Consider making a donation today!

Fortunately, the Wright has a lot of fans. If you're one and you'd like to support our efforts, consider becoming a program sponsor or making a donation. 

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A Historic Masterpiece

Built by the Wrights to counter some aspects of the mining culture, the Wright Opera House was intended to be the center of culture and arts for all of Ouray County. Now nearing a complete renovation, the Wright is fulfilling its mission as the premier performing arts venue and historic center in Ouray County.

Print of The Wright Opera House’s Original Main Stage Curtain, 1888 “Mt. Sneffels from the Dallas Divide” Actual size of Curtain: 25’ x 11’

Original Main Stage Curtain

While we are unclear on who the painter of the Curtain is, we know that it is of a William H. Jackson photograph. When The Friends of the Wright purchased the building in 2011, two main stage curtains were discovered in the basement - The Original and The Second. The Original curtain is in a delicate state of disrepair and cannot withstand the wear and tear of constant display. The Second curtain, however, is hung on the south wall of the Theatre. Read more >>

Ouray’s top gathering venue.

Renting the Wright Opera House

Need a functional, beautiful space for your next gathering? Look no further! The Wright Opera House is ideal for your gathering, celebration or conference. Nestled in the beautiful San Juan Mountains the city of Ouray is an ideal destination. Learn more about renting the Wright by clicking here.

  • Weddings, Meetings & Conventions, Parties

  • Full Multi-media Sound System

  • High-speed Internet

  • Theater and Tavern each seat 100 guests

  • Full Bar

  • Commercial Kitchen

Weddings at the Wright

Weddings at the Wright

Centrally located on Main Street in Ouray Colorado, the historic Wright Opera House is the premier place in Ouray for your wedding.

About the Friends of The Wright Opera House

Recognizing the potential to preserve and restore arts and culture in Ouray County by purchasing the historic Wright Opera House, a group of volunteers came together in 2007 and formed the non-profit organization 'Friends of the Wright Opera House'. The vision that followed was nothing short of promoting artistic, cultural and educational opportunities for all by providing a centralized venue for performing arts organizations and by restoring the facility for another century of use.

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Support the Wright

Helping the Community

The Wright gives back to the community by hosting the following non-profits:

Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways

Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways

2020 Sponsor
Ouray Ice Festival

Ouray Ice Festival

2020 Sponsor

We're working hard to make the Wright Opera House an open and welcoming venue to organizations throughout Colorado. We're also trying to restore a facility that is over 126 years old. Needless to say, we have our work cut out for us! If you have some praise for what we've done already or some feedback on what we could do better, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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