New Opera House (Charles Town, West Virginia)

New Opera House (Charles Town, West Virginia)
New Opera House
New Opera House (Charles Town, West Virginia) is located in West Virginia
Location: Charles Town, West Virginia
Coordinates: 39°17′23″N 77°51′39″W / 39.28972°N 77.86083°W / 39.28972; -77.86083Coordinates: 39°17′23″N 77°51′39″W / 39.28972°N 77.86083°W / 39.28972; -77.86083
Built: 1911
Architect: Mullett,T.A.
Architectural style: No Style Listed
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 78002798
Added to NRHP: November 24, 1978[1]

The New Opera House in Charles Town, West Virginia, confusingly also known as the Old Opera House or simply The Opera House, is a restored theater, designed by T.A. Mullett of Washington, D.C., son of architect Alfred B. Mullett. The theater opened in 1911, bringing minstrel shows, vaudeville, touring theater groups, circuses and wild west shows to Charles Town. By the 1930s a projection machine was installed, but the theater closed in 1948. It has since re-opened as a community-supported performance space.

The building consists of a two-story street front with offices below and an apartment above, pre-dating the theater portion by about twenty years. The house and stage occupy the interior of the lot. [2]

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  2. ^ James E. Harding (May 16, 1978), National Register of Historic Places Nomination: New Opera HousePDF (3.53 MB), National Park Service 

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