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Peabody Opera House photos courtesy Tom Paule Photography

Peabody Opera House photos courtesy Tom Paule Photography

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you haven’t seen the inside of the newly-restored Peabody Opera House— formerly the Kiel— this weekend is your chance.

The building is open to the public during the Taste of St. Louis.

Developer Chris McKee says he hopes the landmark’s re-opening lights a spark on the western end of downtown St. Louis, “With the library, the Park Pacific building, the old municipal courts building, and eventually the rehab of the Soldiers Memorial, we really believe this area is getting a tremendous amount of investment and can be a catalyst for making things happen.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday night.

McKee said early reviews of the Peabody have been extremely positive, “It’s been basically 20 years since the old opera house closed. We had a soft opening Monday night with the Ken Burns event. We had 2500 people in the building and everyone was wowed by it.”

The building is open to the public from 11am-9pm Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday.

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