Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitou Opera House (325 Main Street, Manitou, Municipality of Pembina)

Built in 1930, the Manitou Opera House in Manitou, in the Municipality of Pembina, replaced an earlier structure destroyed by fire in January 1930. This building by Winnipeg architect Charles S. Bridgman is noteworthy for its unusual architecture, both inside and out. It will hold 385 people, or 100 for a smaller event. In front of the building, which is a municipally designated historic site (1997), is a bust commemorating suffragist Nellie McClung, who lived in the Manitou area from 1890 to 1911.

Further information, and bookings for use of the facility, are at Manitou Opera House.

Manitou Opera House

Manitou Opera House (April 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Manitou Opera House

Manitou Opera House (April 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Manitou Opera House

Manitou Opera House (September 2017)
Source: Lorna Clark

Manitou Opera House

Manitou Opera House (May 2021)
Source: George Penner

Manitou Opera House

Interior of the Manitou Opera House (August 2018)
Source: George Penner

McClung Bust by the Opera House

McClung Bust by the Opera House (April 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.24094, W98.53778
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wawanesa History Monument (Wawanesa, Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Boissevain Town Hall (578 Cook Street, Boissevain, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hartney Town Hall (220 West Railway Street, Hartney, Municipality of Grassland)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Virden Municipal Building and Auditorium (228 Wellington Street West, Virden)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nellie McClung Park / Nellie McClung Plaque (Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg)


We thank Ed Grassick, Al Thorleifson, Lorna Clark, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 October 2022

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