202 W. State Street,
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Previously operated by: Schine Circuit Inc.
Previous Names: Fremont Opera House
Built in 1890 to the plans of J.C. Johnson, the Fremont Opera House opened January 15, 1891 with the Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers”. Known as a live venue early on, Fremont residents got to see Harry Houdini and magician Harry Blackstone among the celebrities. But by the mid-1910’s, the Opera House relied heavily on silent motion pictures playing some of the biggest titles.
In 1921, the venue was remodeled and became the Fremont Theatre relying solely on motion pictures. Schine Circuit took on the theatre and converted it to sound. Schine also purchased and then closed the competing Strand Theatre. But when the Paramount Theatre opened in Fremont in November of 1931, Schine realized the aging Fremont Theatre would be in trouble and accepted an offer to sell the theatre to Paramount.
After a final performance on December 19, 1932, the Fremont Theatre/Opera House sat empty for most of the next 27 years. The Fremont Theatre was demolished in June of 1959 for the Liberty Bank.
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