Smith Center for the Arts

82 Seneca Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-5483
Meeting Facilities

Since 1894, the Smith Opera House has thrived as the center stage of the Finger Lakes, offering quality performing arts and cultural opportunities for area residents and regional visitors. With a wide variety of programming that includes live concerts, plays, operas, lectures, films and community events, the theater is an ongoing symbol of historic preservation, non-profit perseverance and artistic excellence. The Smith is an architectural treasure in a fully restored theater that is air-conditioned in summer months. The Smith Opera House is a perfect venue for taking in a live performance of music, dance, theater or speech. The Smith boasts the largest indoor silver screen in the region and now features state-of-the-art digital projection. A wide variety of indie, classic and family films fill the calendar. For many live events, The Smith offers Finger Lakes wines and beer. 

General Amenities
  • Meeting & Event Space:
  • Handicapped Accessible:
Facility Info
  • Theatre Capacity 1400
  • Number of Rooms 1
Smith Center for the Arts
Recurring weekly on Wednesday until October 30, 2019

While the historic Smith Opera House is a venue where fascinating stories unfold via film and the performing arts, the building itself has its own compelling stories that have shaped the people and... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Sep 20, 2019

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Sep 21, 2019

The LP21 ensemble, an exceptional mix of Puerto Rican Folk Masters and professional musicians, are united in their common cause to teach the importance of traditional Puerto Rican music by presenting... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Sep 22, 2019

Get ready to enjoy not one, but three incredible artists paying tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley! This entertaining performance includes 3 tributes to Elvis at different phases of his... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Sep 27, 2019

In the 1970s, The Smith Opera House was in danger of having to permanently close. The newly formed Finger Lakes Art Council – a group of five Genevans who met over coffee one day and mapped out... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Sep 28, 2019

“1964”… The Tribute focuses on the quintessential moment in history, when The Beatles actually played before a LIVE audience. The Beatles toured the world in the early 1960’s, but now only a precious... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Oct 6, 2019

There’s a reason the biggest names in laughter all catapulted their careers at The Second City…it’s been the funniest place on the planet since ‘59! Come witness the next generation of comedy... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Oct 11, 2019

A cult classic from 1975 returns to The Smith this October with action-packed romance, thrills, chills, lots of laughs, and 16 great singalong songs. more

Smith Center for the Arts
Oct 15, 2019

Founding member of Phish, composer/guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio has forged a multi-faceted career over the past three decades, winning acclaim in rock, classical, and theatrical circles. From... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Oct 18, 2019

Featuring: Christopher Seaman, conductor Simone Porter, violin PROGRAM HINDESMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 more

Smith Center for the Arts
Oct 19, 2019

The title of Lake Street Dive’s Free Yourself Up is both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of purpose for the band. The songs have an infectious swagger, even when dealing with awkward... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Oct 26, 2019

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Smith Opera House, we will be creating an immersive, site-specific theatre event that will bring the history of this building to life in a unique and... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Nov 15-16, 2019

Join the students of Hobart and William Smith Colleges as they take the stage for two nights of dance! Featuring a variety of dance styles, Koshare celebrates the diverse dance community at HWS. more

Smith Center for the Arts
Nov 17, 2019

An ensemble of virtuoso brass players collected from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and others, performs an eclectic program ranging from J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus IX to Leonard... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Nov 21, 2019

Set in 19th-century New England, the story follows the whaling ship Pequod and its crew. Leading them is Captain Ahab, who was almost killed in an encounter with the “great white whale”, Moby Dick,... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Dec 1, 2019

Fall in love with Tchaikovsky’s great ballet, The Nutcracker, all over again with the Ithaca Ballet. Featuring classic pieces such as March of the Toy Soldiers, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Dec 6, 2019

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Dec 8-9, 2019

HAVANA HOP is a children’s tale of culture and confidence! Young Yeila dreams of being a superstar but her lack of confidence gives her awful stage fright. With advice from her mother and mentors,... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Dec 14, 2019

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Join the Smith in a 15th... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Dec 16, 2019

This year Keb’ Mo’ is celebrating his 25th Anniversary year of performing under the moniker, with the release of two albums, Oklahoma (June 14) and Moonlight, Mistletoe, And You (Oct. 11), Keb’s first... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Feb 7-8, 2020

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar... more

Smith Center for the Arts
Feb 29, 2020

Featuring: Lawrence Loh, conductor Peter Rovit, violin Arvilla Wendland, viola PROGRAM BEETHOVEN Fidelio Overture MOZART Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 more

Smith Center for the Arts
Mar 12, 2020

They are back! Bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and show so hot, it carries its own health warning! It’s Bagpipes. It’s Rock. It’s Bagrock. AC/DC meets the... more

Smith Center for the Arts
May 1, 2020

Featuring: Ward Stare, conductor Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano PROGRAM USTOVOLSKAYA Symphonic Poem No.2 BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.11 “The Year 1905” more

Smith Center for the Arts
May 3-4, 2020

Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Rosalind escapes to the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and their fool Touchstone. While disguised as a man, Rosalind meets fellow outcasts in the... more