Springer Opera House Building Tours
Welcome to the spectacular Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia and a leading Southern cultural institution for 144 years. As you stroll from the gaslit street into the splendid Edwardian Grand Lobby, you can easily imagine the 19th century merchants, tradesmen, farmers, steamboat passengers and arts patrons streaming into the theatre eager to catch their first glimpse of Edwin Booth, Ma Rainey or Lillie Langtry. When the Springer Opera House opened in 1871, it was the grandest theatre between New York and New Orleans. It served as a venue where shows traveling from the Big Apple to the Big Easy could perform and recoup some of their travel expenses. As a result such noteworthy performers as Edwin Booth, Buffalo Bill, John Philip Sousa, Ma Rainey, Burt Reynolds, Oscar Wilde, Garrison Keillor and W.C. Fields have appeared at the Springer, the State Theatre of Georgia. The Springer is Georgia's oldest professional theatre. The lobby is filled with treasures from the Springer's illustrious history.