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Death Valley National Park Performing Arts

Marta Becket's Amargosa Opera House

  • Arts Centers

Updated 05/04/2015

Fodor's Review

An artist and dancer from New York, Marta Becket first visited the former railway town of Amargosa while on tour in 1964. Three years later she returned to town and bought a boarded-up theater that sat amid a group of rundown mock–Spanish colonial buildings. To compensate for the sparse audiences in the early days, Becket painted a Renaissance-era Spanish crowd on the walls and ceiling, turning the theater into a trompe-l'oeil masterpiece. A hotel still operates on site. Guided tours are available year-round for a suggested $5 donation per person.

Performing Art Information


Rte. 127, Death Valley Junction, California, 92328, United States



Performing Art Details:

  • Varies
  • Oct.–May (through Mother's Day weekend)

Updated 05/04/2015


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