Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Let's Go To The Opera: Window Views

On a day trip into Ohio last month Hubs and I found this elegant old building. Located in the Historic District of McConnelsville, Ohio is the Twin City Opera House. Opened in May of 1892, this Victorian-style theater has been open ever since and offering first-run movies and a variety of live entertainment to the local and surrounding communities.

I didn't see any birds so maybe that fake owl on the roof is doing his job.

You'll notice the date on the arch is 1890 even though it didn't open until two years later. The formal opening was held Saturday, May 28, 1892. The opening was to be a grand affair. The program for the evening was the Arion Opera Company’s performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.” The grand opening was even more grand in that this building was the first in the community to have electricity.
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23 comments:

Leora said...

Must have been a grand place to be in the 1890's. They don't build ornate buildings like that anymore.

Wonderful that it is still open and serving the public.

Stine in Ontario said...

What a charming old building! The detail is wonderful. As Leora said, they don't make them like that anymore.

Thom said...

What great detail they did building buildings in the old days. I love this. And what a keen eye...no pigeons. Great job fake owl. Sorry about all the deletions yesterday...damn fat fingers on my iPhone...too many typos...LOL. Par for the course. Love this post as usual :)

moe lauher said...

Great photos, one thing I like about this meme is that I get to see things I never even knew existed.

Riet said...

This is a beautiful building

maryt/theteach said...

Isn't it marvelous to think this beautiful old building has been in use for so long, Carletta! Thanks for showing it to us! Happy Window Views! :)

Darla said...

Thanks for the visit and yes, the three clowns that I compete with are hard to beat...this is a lovely building, BUT...those precious babies in the older post take the cake!!!! well actually I would give them the cake or whatever else they wanted...

judi said...

COOL, this lovely old building has Aliens in the Attic!
Fantastic history. Thanks for sharing it.

VioletSky said...

Old Opera Houses are always so grand and ornate. It is nice to see this one is still in use.

Carolyn Ford said...

So ornate and beautiful!

Dianne said...

that's a beautiful theater
I love old red brick

JunieRose2005 said...

These are very nice! I love old buildings!

I have a window shot up this time!


Junie

Nessa said...

That's a beautiful building.

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Mar said...

Wonderful and elegant building!!

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George said...

How wonderful that this grand opera house is still in use. Too many old buildings like this have been torn down in the name of 'progress'.

SquirrelQueen said...

The architecture of the late 18oo's is fascinating, it is almost always ornate yet charming. I hope this one is on the National Historic Registry, probably so. Thanks for sharing.

Leedra said...

I love old brick buildings, so nice to hear the history. Nice photos.

Pat said...

I like that red brick against the blue sky. And that green roof is pretty cool too! How you spotted that owl is beyond me! Love the arched windows. These old buildings are a gem, aren't they?

Evelyn Howard said...

I love old buildings. They have so much character.

Stine in Ontario said...

I hope buildings such as this one survives into the next century, too.

Raven said...

Ah - the days when art and theater were appreciated. Cool building. Love the fake owl.

Stephany said...

What a grand old building! Fantastic shots, Carletta!

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