Site of Merchants Opera House
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 05.587 W 096° 27.791
14S E 739407 N 3553574
Quick Description: Texas Historical Marker at 113 S Beaton St, Corsicana, TX, noting this as the site of the Merchants Opera House, which burned in 1914 before it could be used to show off those new motion pictures.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/12/2015 8:05:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMNP57
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member QuesterMark
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Marker Number: 7229

Marker Text:
At this site in 1891, a group of businessmen built a three-story structure to replace the small Corsicana Opera House above city hall. The Merchants Opera House had stores and offices on the first two floors and a balconied auditorium on the top story. Opulently decorated in the style of the day, the theater seated up to 1000. Plays, minstrel shows, and musical concerts, featuring well-known performers, entertained audiences here. The building was sold, but burned in 1914 before it could be converted into a motion picture theater as planned. (1974)

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