Locke's Opera House

124 W. Main Street,
LaHarpe, IL 61450

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Locke's Opera House

This theatre was in a very tall two story brick building constructed in 1895. This was a fairly simple building, and the distinguishing feature was a very tall and spiky tin pediment, which looked rather like a crown. The stage was at the front of the building, and there was a horse collar shaped balcony.

At some point, movies began to be shown, although maps as late as 1926 simply show it as an opera house. The building was still in nearly original condition during a 1970’s historical survey by the state, but by 1986 it had been replaced by the cheap prefab shed which currently occupies the lot.

The name seems to have been spelled Lock on some maps and theater listings, but photos clearly show the name was spelled with an ‘E’.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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robboehm on May 10, 2023 at 9:59 pm

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SethG on May 10, 2023 at 11:14 pm

That’s much better than the one on the Illinois site, and looks contemporaneous.

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