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Old Opera House Theatre

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)


In 1910, Annie G. Packette raised $50,000 and employed Washington, D.C. architects A.B. Mullett & Co. to construct the New Opera House. Designed in a classical revival style, this theatre included a proscenium stage complete with fly-space for hanging scenery, an orchestra pit, a curved balcony, and seating for 500 people. The theatre remained open through two wars, the Great Depression, and the advent of radio. However, in 1948 its stage went dark. In 1973, the building was donated to a local theatre group, and the renamed Old Opera House opened to the public in 1976. The season now offers six main stage productions, a summer children’s program, art shows, and classes in dance and acting.

The Old Opera House opened in 1911 and closed in 1948. Thanks to preservationists and local residents, the theater once again offers a space for live performances.

204 N. George Street
Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
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This location was created on 2016-11-11 by Joe Obidzinski, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.   It was last updated on 2018-05-28 by Clio Admin .

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