Homestake Opera House
315 W. Main Street,
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Homestake Opera House (Official)
Previously operated by: Black Hills Amusement Co., Commonwealth Amusement Corp.
Architects: Harry H. Hussey, Walter F. Shattuck
Firms: Shattuck & Hussey
Functions: Community Arts Center, Live Performances, Live Theatre
Previous Names: Homestake Theatre
The Homestake Opera House opened on August 31, 1914. Later renamed Homestake Theatre, it was operated by the Black Hills Amusement Co, a Rapid City-based chain, in the early-1970’s. The Homestake Theatre was almost totally destroyed by a fire on April 2, 1984.
Years of restoration followed and it was reopened in 2005 as the Homestake Opera House, presenting live theatre, live performances and community events.
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The article Tinseltoes linked to says that the Homestake Opera House opened on August 31, 1914. Construction was already underway when the August 23, 1913, issue of The Construction News reported on the project:Shattuck & Hussey (principals Walter F. Shattuck and Harry H. Hussey) was a well-known Chicago firm that specialized primarily in the design of YMCA buildings.
Although the Homestake Opera House was devastated by a major fire on April 2, 1984, leaving almost nothing but the brick walls standing, the citizens of Lead voted to have the building restored. The gradual restoration continues under the auspices of the theater’s current owners, the non-profit Historic Homestake Opera House Society, which bought the building from the city in 2005. The official web site has a history of the theater and some photos, as well as a calender of scheduled events.
Updated website link: http://www.homestakeoperahouse.org/