Grand Re-Opening!

That's (W)right! We will be having our Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, May 29th with the Wright Summer Faire. There will be artisans from around the region selling their creations, Stillhouse Junkies will be performing LIVE & food and drinks will be available to purchase. So make your plans now to come to Ouray for the long Memorial Day Weekend. 

What are we doing in the mean time, you ask?

~ We are so happy to have the art of Cie Hoover hanging at The Wright! His latest work "Branches" will be on display March 27 - May 7. Please reach out to him for a private showing. You will be amazed! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
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Tavern Manager Position

Tavern Manager Position

Join the Wright Opera House team!

We are looking for a motivated and reliable person to operate and grow the Tavern inside of the Wright Opera House amid a busy summer season and beyond!


The Wright Summer Faire

The Wright Summer Faire

Join our Grand Re-opening!

Kick off your summer with us at our first Summer Faire of the season! There will be live music, vendors, food & drink. The Tavern at the Wright will also be open. Stop in for some delicious bites.

Ouray International Film Festival

Festival tickets on sale now!

House Passes ($100) now available.

This June, join award-winning actor Terry Kiser and the rest of the festival team for a weekend of jury-selected film screenings, conversations among filmmakers and scholars, parties, and awards. All in a mountain town that has been consistently ranked a top getaway destination in the world.

Purchase a House Pass ($100) here.
Purchase a Patron Pass ($250) here.


Cie Hoover Branches

Cie Hoover's "Branches"

On Exhibit March 27 - May 7

“We grow in different directions, but we are rooted in the same soil. We reach towards the heavens for inspiration and we dig down deep for balance and stability.” "Branches" carries a theme of utilizing wood to create art that evokes a sense of outward progression while still maintaining balance.

Ouray Student Art Show

Ouray Student Art Show

On Exhibit May 8 - June 4

This year's art exhibit from Ouray School Students will feature a mix of 2D and 3D, from Kinder to Seniors. Come and see all the creative instruction and encouragement given by Ouray School Art Teacher, Melissa Demuth, which includes painting, drawing, ceramics, papier-mâché, collage, fiber arts, and more!


Poetry of Ouray Anthology

Calling for Original Works!

Poetry of Ouray Anthology

Ouray County residents are invited to submit original poetry for an anthology of local literary writing that focuses on what life is like in our mountain region. The writing can be personal, but it should reflect in some way the places, people, lifestyle, or landscape of our mountain region.

Preference will be given to writing that employs concrete imagery and fresh word choices.  Entries for the book should be submitted in  as Word attachments to an email and must include the author’s name, address, and email address. Multiple submissions are welcome.

The poems that are selected will be included in an anthology slated to be published in early summer and made available for sale locally. Writers should email their entries by April 30, 2021 to Beth Paulson, Ouray County Poet Laureate, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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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