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Sheridan Opera House: The Sheridan Arts Foundation announces entryway renovation and Centennial Celebration Fundraiser

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The Sheridan Arts Foundation announces entryway renovation and Centennial Celebration Fundraiser


Telluride, CO, April 4, 2013 — The Sheridan Opera House (SOH) is celebrating its 100th birthday in July 2013 with a year-long fundraising campaign to restore its entryway and replace its seats. The historic venue located at 110 N. Oak St. first opened its doors on July 3, 1913 as the Segerberg Opera House. 


The Sheridan Arts Foundation (SAF), the 501(c)3 non-profit organization that owns and operates the Sheridan Opera House, is committed to preserving the historic character of the building, and will commemorate the historic structure’s milestone by replicating the entryway that once stood at the front of the SOH. The project is estimated to cost a total of $102,000. 


A private foundation has committed to matching all donations for the project up to  $40,000. To date $36,300 has been raised. The project will be completed by September of 2013 if adequate funding is raised. 


The Opera House was the last commercial building built in the mining town of Telluride until the town saw a reawakening as a ski area in the late 1960s. A cheaply constructed wood frame and stucco entry, ticket office and stair enclosure was constructed on the south side of the well-constructed brick Opera House. The remnants of the old entryway were removed in 1985 when its owners redesigned the stairs, ticket office and entry. 


The current entryway makes it difficult to do business at the box office in the winter when the doors open and cold air flows into the lobby while guests purchase tickets or wait for the house to open. The first purpose of this entry restoration is to create an airlock between the outside of the building and the lobby. The result will be a warmer lobby and a utilities cost savings. 



The second purpose of the restoration is to move one step further in the overall restoration of the Sheridan Opera House and provide the landmark structure with a much-deserved sense of identity with a primary focus on creating a distinctive main entry. Most visitors who are unfamiliar with Telluride believe that the main door to the SOH is merely a side door to the New Sheridan Hotel, since there is no clear differentiation between the two buildings. 


Local architect and history buff George Greenbank has designed the structure based on historic images and input from Telluride’s Historical Architectural Review Commission as well as the SAF staff and board. His efforts have focused on achieving a design that was historically appropriate. Mike Osborne (Osborne Builders) will be the general contract on the project. The project is managed internally by SAF Director of Finance and Business Affairs, Steve Palamar.  According to Palamar, “… the project was extremely well-received by HARC, and we are excited to better serve the Telluride Community by adding comfort and distinction to one of Telluride’s most historically-significant and well-used buildings”.


There are several ways supporters can donate to this campaign: 

• Sponsor-a-Seat: For a $500 donation (or $1,000 for prime seats) have your name or the name of a loved one on a plaque of your favorite seats for the next 10 years. 

• Donate to our Centennial Celebration Fund: make a donation of any size online when purchasing tickets online at or drop money in our donation box in the lobby of the Sheridan Opera House. 

. Send or drop by your check:  To the Sheridan Arts Foundation, 110 N. Oak Street (P.O. Box 2680), Telluride, CO 81435



Once sufficient funds are raised to build the new entryway, the Centennial Celebration Fundraiser will then focus on replacing the Sheridan Opera House’s seats, which were purchased used by the SAF in the 1970s. They were refurbished and reupholstered in the last decade, but they are large and clunky and constantly stored in the SOH basement, and new technology has made seats that are more compact, lightweight and more comfortable. 


To sponsor a seat visit and click on the “donate now” link on the right hand side of the home page. 


Founded as a 501(c) 3 non-profit in 1991, the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s mission is to preserve the historic theater to provide quality music and entertainment to the Telluride community and to offer educational programs to regional and national youth. 


Media Contact: 

Kathrine Warren 

PR/Marketing Director 

970-728-6363 ext. 3