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The Stonington Opera House

Opera House Arts is located at 1 School Street in Stonington, Maine, inside the historic Stonington Opera House. Our theater sits on the southwest corner of School and Main Streets, overlooking one of the busiest working waterfronts and the top lobster port in Maine.

The Stonington Opera House is home to year-round movies, stage performances, and community events. The historic 250-seat theater has heat and air-conditioning. The spacious lobby provides a breathtaking view of Stonington harbor and is where you can purchase concessions and Opera House Arts apparel.

Nestled off the coast of Penobscot Bay, the town of Stonington on Deer Isle will capture your heart. Discover downtown with a stroll through Main Street, dine in some of the finest restaurants Downeast Maine has to offer, and be sure to swing by the Opera House to catch a show. Learn more about where to stay and dine on our “Explore Stonington” page – coming soon!

Contact Information

From Ellsworth

Take Route 172 to Blue Hill. Continue straight through the village and follow Route 15 South over the Deer Isle Bridge. Continue on 15 through Deer Isle village and into Stonington. The Opera House is at the corner of Main and School Streets on the right, across from the fish pier.

Approximate drive time: 50 minutes.

From Bangor

Take Route 15 South through Bucksport and into Blue Hill. Turn right to continue on Route 15 South over the Deer Isle Bridge. Continue on 15 through Deer Isle village and into Stonington. The Opera House is at the corner of Main and School Streets on the right, across from the fish pier.

Approximate drive time: 80 minutes.

From Belfast

Take Routes 3 and 1 East through Bucksport to Orland. Turn right onto Route 15 South to Blue Hill. Turn right to continue on Route 15 South over the Deer Isle Bridge. Continue on 15 through Deer Isle village and into Stonington. The Opera House is at the corner of Main and School Streets on the right, across from the fish pier.

Approximate drive time: 80 minutes.

Cruising Directions

Cruising to the Stonington Opera House can often be a shorter trip, and more enjoyable, than by car.

From Blue Hill: 18.24 miles southwest
(or 24 miles by car)

From Southwest Harbor: 18.95 miles southwest
(or 58 miles by car)

From Rockland: 22.23 miles east
(or 84 miles by car)

From Belfast: 25.09 miles southeast
(or 58 miles by car)

From Bar Harbor: 27.92 miles southwest
(or 58 miles by car)

Join Us in the Lobby

Arrive early, take in the view of Stonington harbor, and enjoy our offering of concessions, which includes organic popcorn, homemade flatbread, classic candy, and other snacks. Beverages include an assortment of beer, wine, canned cocktails, soft drinks, and bottled water.

Other Locations

The Burnt Cove Church has served as a navigational aide to sea captains and airplane pilots since it was built in 1870. Constructed as a Baptist church, the building has not been home to a worshiping congregation for generations. Now the Burnt Cove Church Community Center, less than two miles from the Stonington Opera House, serves as a secondary performance and rehearsal space for Opera House Arts, who renovated it and started managing it in 2012.

The church seats 100-150 people and is fitted with audiovisual equipment suitable for performing arts. The space is light and bright, with an open floor plan; no fixed seating. Its tin walls and ceiling give the space unique acoustics. Please note, facilities are limited to a portable restroom. If you are interested in booking this space for an event please contact us.

There is a parking lot across the street from the church but it is limited. Carpooling is encouraged, and be prepared for a walk from your vehicle to the building. Handicapped parking is available beside the church, along the fence. There is a handicapped ramp on the fence-side of the building.

Concessions are available.

The Stonington Ball Field, owned by the town, is used for both drive-in movies and outdoor performances. The 20×30 foot drive-in movie screen was erected in July 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily closed the Stonington Opera House for indoor events. Film audio is broadcast over an FM radio station. Shortly thereafter a stage was added to host outdoor performances. In 2021 Noel Paul Stookey played before an audience of more than 250 people seated on the lawn.

There is a parking lot across the street from the Stonington Ball Field at the Island Community Center. Handicapped parking is available along the fence on the outside of the field. Please see attendant if you require more assistance and they will direct your car closer to the stage.

No concessions are sold at the Ball Field. You may bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Since 1886

The historic Stonington Opera House wears the patina of more than 100 years of community history, events, and restoration.