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Moroni Opera House

325 W Main St
Moroni UT
(435) 436-9300

Live Theatre
Record #39426  
 Opened: 1891
Capacity: 300 seats
Architect(s):
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Monson House

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

The Moroni Opera House is the oldest public building in Moroni and one of three surviving nineteenth-century opera houses in Utah. [1 & 4]

The Moroni Opera House, also known as the Monson House, was built in 1891 by Mons Monson and T. J. Morley. The theater was the "best-equipped opera house in the county" and had a 35-by-25-foot stage, a balcony, orchestra pit, and a seating capacity of 1,000. [1]

The Moroni Opera House was used for live theater, movies, and community events. The opera house closed in 1915 after Kozy Theater was built. [1]

In the 1930s the theater was used as a feed processing plant. [2] The stage was later removed and all the props destroyed when the building was remodeled into a flour mill. [3]

The Moroni Heritage Development Commission began a restoration of the opera house in 1991 with help from the George S. And Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, National Heritage Foundation, Utah State Historical Society, and Community Impact Board. [2] The Moroni Opera House is now used for live theater, dance performances, wedding receptions, and community events.


1. "Chapter 15: The Communities of Sanpete", A History of Sanpete County, by Albert C. T. Antrei and Allen D. Roberts, Utah State History CD-ROM
2. "Preserving the Past & Future", utahheritage.com
3. "Chapter 14: From Homesteading to High Technology", A History of Sanpete County, by Albert C. T. Antrei and Allen D. Roberts, Utah State History CD-ROM
4. The two other nineteenth-century opera houses are in Beaver and St. George.



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