Tibbits Opera House
14 S. Hanchett Street,
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Architects: Mortimer L. Smith
Firms: Johnson Construction Co.
Previous Names: Tibbits Theatre
Opened on September 21, 1882 with a performance of “Maid of Arran”. The architect was Mortimer L. Smith who designed the theatre in a French Empire style. It has a red brick facade and inside the auditorium seating is located on the main floor (350 seats), second level (130 seats) and third level (87 seats) in the horseshoe shaped auditorium.
Used over the years for drama, vaudeville, minstrel shows, opera, concerts, lectures, dances, wrestling and also it was converted into a movie theatre. Stars who have appeared on stage include; Ethel Barrymore, Joseph Jefferson, Eddie Foy and Maude Adams.
It has undergone restoration and is currently in use as an arts center for concerts and live performances.
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