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posticon The Brooklyn Opera House

If you’ve ever been to Brooklyn, Iowa, you may have seen our historic, 108-year-old opera house on Jackson Street, a beautiful but neglected property that anchors the central business district downtown. The opera house was once a symbol of Brooklyn’s vitality, where theater, music and community thrived. But with no funding available to rebuild after a catastrophic floor collapse in 1998, Brooklyn has missed out on decades’ worth of arts, music, new traffic and economic activity — until now. With one of our most cherished properties and potentially millions in economic impact at stake, we now have an opportunity to restore the Brooklyn Opera House and anchor the next century of growth for our community.

posticon Work Phases




  • Interior construction, installing ductwork and fire suppression system, and restoring historic paneling and stage area.
  • Connecting the Opera House and neighboring Community Center to provide additional space and ADA accessibility.
  • Updates to exterior facade, doors and windows, and installing high-efficiency electric, plumbing and mechanical systems.

posticon Here's Why We Don't Have Any Time to Lose

With $1 million pledged in cash and like donations, historic property tax credits and a $100,000 grant already approved, we are well on our way to making this community revitalization effort a reality.


With a total anticipated cost of just over $3 million, we’re relying on the financial support of community members like you to lead the way. If we don’t reach our goal, the first funding for this project in 30 years will be lost. Please make a tax-deductible contribution today!



  • Outside East
    Outside East

    View from crossing the bridge

  • Outside Front
    Outside Front

    Front of future Opera House with connector to Michael J. Manatt Community Center.

  • Connector Space
    Connector Space

    Connector space between Opera House and Michael J. Manatt Community Center

  • Auditorium Balcony
    Auditorium Balcony

    View from balcony of auditorium

  • Auditorium Ceiling
    Auditorium Ceiling

    Tin ceiling restored in auditorium

  • Lobby

    Opera House lobby

  • Lobby Stairs
    Lobby Stairs

    Opera House lobby with stairs leading to balcony

  • Auditorium in Red
    Auditorium in Red

    Auditorium with red color scheme