Holdrege Opera House

403-5 West Avenue,
Holdrege, NE 68949

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Holdrege Opera House

The Holdrege Opera House launched late in 1889 on the second and third floor of a building that still existed in the 2020’s. Like many opera houses, live entertainment was augmented by films and the Opera House went with regular films as early as 1907. It was also where locals saw “The Birth of a Nation” from April 4-6, 1916.

The city’s Crescent Theatre became the regular movie theatre in town from 1908 until it burnt down in 1924 and was then replaced by the Sun Theatre in 1925. The Opera House closed and the second and third floor was converted to the apartment complex in 1926. The building got a major refresh in 1952 which eliminated the cornice of the building which had become a home to pigeons.

The theatre was home to two retail businesses in the 2020’s.

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robboehm on February 8, 2021 at 11:29 am

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 8, 2021 at 3:22 pm

The Holdrege Opera House is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. E. Roth was Mgr, the house had 800 seats, was on the second floor and had electric lighting. The proscenium opening was 50 feet wide X 25 feet high and the stage was 30 feet deep. There were 7 in the house orchestra, and tickets cost 25 cents to 75 cents.The Hampton Hotel was for show folks, and the 1897 population was 2,500.

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