We bet you didn’t even know there was a nice opera house right in the middle of Williamsburg, right? We don’t blame you: The historic Williamsburg Opera House, which was originally built in 1897, had been out of service for decades until the Emmaus Center, a new visual and performing arts center focused on Catholic evangelism, take possession of the space in 2020 and launch a renovation effort.
According to Brooklyn Review, “The 600-seat theater is now the fourth largest of its kind in all of Brooklyn, after Barclays, King’s Theater and BAM.” It’s a big problem.
To celebrate the grand reopening of the space, which sits directly above the also recently renovated Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 288 Berry Street, the new space operators hosted a “Spirit of Christmas ”conducted by Canadian contemporary Christian music artist Matt Maher last week.
You can expect future shows to fall under the same musical genre, although the space will also be used for private events, theatrical performances, film screenings, and outreach programs.
In terms of interior decoration, the charm of yesteryear will define your visit: according to Brooklyn Review, the balcony seats don’t have cushions and there isn’t much legroom anywhere.
Alas, we are trading a little comfort for heavy historical significance.
Below, check out some photos of the recently renovated space: