From: History of Springfield & Clark Co., OH, Wm. Rockel, 1908

 Clifton Opera House in 2000

Clifton Opera House

The Opera House was built in the late 1800s. Originally known as the Town Hall, it has been the scene of minstrel shows, medicine shows, school plays, church activities, style shows, dinners, dances, weddings, meetings and basketball games. Sources indicate the tower was taken down in the 1920s because of a problem with bats. The building was not used for many years, then, in 1978, part of the north wall fell in. Howard Printz, then President of the Clifton Historical Society, began raising funds to save the historic building. Thanks to his dedicated work, the Opera House is restored and continues to be a valuable part of the Clifton community. Owned by the Village of Clifton, the Clifton Historical Society currently holds its meetings there as does Village Council.   The Historical Society hosts musical performances at the Opera House on Saturday nights April through mid-November. The shows start at 7:30 pm, doors open at 6. A donation of $7 helps maintain the Opera House. The annual Banjo-Rama is held on a Saturday afternoon in March and is a huge success! More than 40 artists come here from all over the USA & Canada to play to a full house.

Schedule of Performances for 2009

MARCH
14: Banjo-Rama
Banjo players from across
the US & Canada. Dr. Phil Cain

1 pm  (Doors open at Noon)

APRIL
3: Yellow Springs Tale Spinners - "Tall Tales"
4: Razzamatazz & Jazz
11: Jerry Steinke & Andy
18: Back Porch Swing Band
25: Sauerkraut German Band

MAY
2: Sterling Bluegrass Boys
9: Beavercreek Strummers
16: Buckeye State Harmonica Band
23: Impossibles - Ralph Kettering
30: "USO"/ "Sax Appeal"-Jerry Steinke

   
JUNE
6: Jerry Steinke & Andy
13: Sam McCoy Quartet - Jazz
20: Kettering Banjo Society
27: Springfield Banjos & Brass -                                  Dr. Phil Cain
JULY
4: CLOSED
11:  Jim Greer & Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks
18: Lower London St. Dixieland Band
26: Simple Harmony Vocal Quartet
AUGUST
1: Connect III
8: Impossibles
15: Shakertown Stompers
22: Bob Milne on Piano
29: Sax Appeal - Jerry Steinke
   
SEPTEMBER
5: Swing Shift
12: Hal Harris Orchestra
18: Yellow Springs Tale Spinners -                                   "Fright Night"
19: Ragtime Riverboat Rats
26: CLOSED - Old Clifton Days

OCTOBER
3: Goodvibes
10: Glen Parks Banjo Entertainment
17: Kettering Banjo Society
24: Muleskinners
31: London Silver Cornet Band

NOVEMBER
7: Sauerkraut German Band
14: Halfway Home
21: Razzamatazz & Jazz

CLOSED for the season.

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The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners
Shane Dickey, Lisa Holmes, Eric Wolf, Harold Wright and Jonatha Wright

"Tall Tales"

 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Friday, April 3, 2009.

Admission: $7.00 per person

Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

The Clifton Opera House is located at the corner of RT 343 and Clay Street in Clifton in Greene County, Ohio.

For more information:
Eric James Wolf: www.ericwolf.org
Jonatha and Harold Wright: www.jonathaandharold.com

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 “Fright Nite: Tales that Will Haunt You.”

7:30 to 9:30 PM, Friday, September 18, 2009.

Admission: $7.00 per person

Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
NOT recommended for children under 12!

This is a WARNING!  The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners just increased the FEAR level for the annual Fright Nite at the Clifton Opera House!  This program, geared for a Mature Adult Audience will keep you on the edge of your seats, with chills running up and down your spine from start to finish.

Join us for our annual Fright Nite at the haunted Clifton Opera House, Corner of Rt. 343 and Clay Street, Clifton, Ohio. The ghosts lurking in the walls and rafters may drift by your row of seats. Perhaps you will hear the wail of little Rose, ghost of Cry Baby Farm, or the moans of the unsettled dead wafting down the hill from old Clifton Cemetery.  Why the old stagecoach driver, himself, killed as he crashed down the gorge towards the Little Miami River, may rush in to warn of impending danger.

The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners:  Shane Dickey, Lisa Holmes, Eric Wolf, Harold Wright and Jonatha Wright have conspired to spin one dreadful and disturbing tale after another!

The Clifton Opera House is located at the corner of RT 343 and Clay Street in Clifton in Greene County, Ohio.

For more information:
Eric James Wolf: www.ericwolf.org
Jonatha and Harold Wright: www.jonathaandharold.com