Matthews Opera House
612 North Main Street,
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Firms: Bartlett & Phillips
Functions: Live Performances
Styles: Italian Renaissance
Previous Names: Princess Theatre
The Matthews Opera House opened on December 3, 1906 as a live venue. With film mixed in, motion pictures proved to be a more profitable concept and the Matthews was changed to the Princess Theatre in February 1913.
On May 13, 1930, the Princess Theatre closed and the Vita Theatre opened with talkies replacing the former Opera House/Theatre. Seats were moved to the Vita Theatre and the Princess Theatre was used as an indoor shooting gallery and held some dances.
In 1966, seating came back and the Matthews Opera House had live events with very antiquated conditions. In 1986, plans to rejuvenate the Opera House occurred. In 2006, at the Centennial, the new era of the updated Matthews Opera House began with live events.
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