June 13, 2018
Small Business Stories: Bastrop Opera House
In our “Small Business Stories” series, we hit the road to interview small business owners about their unique journeys. Each story provides inspiration and insights while shining a spotlight on the passionate small business owners who are so critical to our economies and our communities.
The Bastrop Opera House, built in 1889, has seen its share of changes over the 129 years. It started out as an opera house and in 1913 it switched over to a silent movie theater followed by a full-time movie theater. In the 1950s it became what they called the “teen tower recreation area.” Following that run, the opera house went into disrepair and sat empty for a while.
Now a nonprofit theater, the opera house has gotten back to its roots. Lisa Holcomb, the executive director at the opera house, explained that her passion lies in the children’s theater. Children ages four through high school are welcome, many of whom have disabilities. As Lisa explained, to see the kids walk in and feel “home” is everything. They create a space where they are comfortable and learn life skills. The opera house is an important outlet for the children and for people in Bastrop and the surrounding areas who enjoy it.
Lisa also finds it important in their small community to work hand in hand with the other small businesses. People will call her prior to a show and ask where to eat or stay and she is happy to support the local businesses who support the opera house.