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Address: 608 Death Valley Jct, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: +1 760-852-4441
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In 1967, ballet star Marta Becket began renovating this opera house and...

In 1967, ballet star Marta Becket began renovating this opera house and performs there to this day.

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Bizarre, quaint and definitely off the beaten path.

We stopped in for an hour or so on our way to Death Valley, so this review is not of the hotel but rather the opera house itself. When we arrived, the opera house was closed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Newbury Park, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do stop by and see this unique opera house....it has lots of interesting rooms handpainted by the ballet dancer Marta. Go to the office for the tour....it is $5 but worth it.... Enjoy.

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Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We stopped in for an hour or so on our way to Death Valley, so this review is not of the hotel but rather the opera house itself. When we arrived, the opera house was closed! Very disappointing as my daughter had seen it on Ghost Adventures and was very excited about seeing the building. So we walked over to... More 

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Kind of a quaint, qwerky, bare bones hotel. 2 beds and a shower. All okay. No amenities in room at all. Coffee in lobby if you can find it. No staff on site until 8:00 am. So if you are an early riser, don't expect coffee. Wifi in lobby only.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

There is an improbable, but true story of a New York dancer captivated by a building in the desert. She renovated the building and made it her personal performance space, painting her audience on the walls.

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Ringgold, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

We had the pleasure of watching Jenna McClintock perform ballet at this unique and beautiful opera house near Death Valley. She was awesome and is taking up for the owner Marta Beckett. The paintings in the opera house were super!

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Beaumont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

The Opera House, while it may or may not be one of a kind, is certainly unique. There was no performance while we were there, but we did take the tour, and were amazed at what had been wrought. The amount of work which went into preparing the place for the ballets can only be imagined, but the loving effort... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Death Valley Junction is almost a ghost town, with derelict buildings remaining from earlier mining days. Five people live there now and maintain an incredible tradition, started by dancer/artist Marta Becket 50 years ago, and now continued by Jenna McClintock. Both were professional dancers, in NY and Oakland. Marta created the Amargosa Opera House from sheer will, cleaning and painting... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

This was a really fun stop on the way thru the Death Valley area. It tells the story of the trials and successes of ballerina, Marta Beckett. The documentary shown is quite long, but is an absolute must if you want to hear the story from Marta herself. I was fascinated by her story & am anxious to read the... More 

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Yellowknife, NT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Beautiful ballet was the last thing we expected in a ghost town, but one of the highlights of our trip. If life is art, there are few more compelling examples than the night life at Amargosa Opera House. Jenna McClintock's mesmerizing dances, amid stunning murals by the original dancer there, Marta Becket, are more than worth the price of admission.... More 

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

Very vert sad....run down, peeling paint, dirty.....planning to visit? Read all thr reviews before committing !

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