Middleport’s Opera House

by Anna Wallace, Former Village Historian The early Opera Houses were the major activity and entertainment centers for their communities. The first one here was Compton’s Opera House on Main Street, where the old theater, as and where the dentist office is located now. It burned in 1876. I’ve not learned just when the Opera House on State Street was built. In 1886 it was known as the VanDyke Opera House, owned by Robert Davison and managed by J. VanDyke. The following year management, as by J. E. Cooper, who later established the Middleport Herald (newspaper) and Myron S. Pike. More dressing rooms were added, more chairs purchased, and the box office was relocated at the head of the stairs. From an early post card More Info »

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Middleport High School’s last play

The Star Theatre was referred to as the opera house and was on State Street. On the second floor was a dance hall. The last play put on by the Middleport High School was performed there in 1924. It was called, “She Stoops to Conquer.” I (Bill Shaw) was the manager of scenery for the play. This photo shows the inside of the Opera House. At one time, there were two telephone companies in Middleport, Home and Bell. The Home office was over the drug store, which is now Dan Seaman’s building on the corner of Main and State St. On Saturday nights back in the day, Main St. in Middleport was lined with cars. Farmers came into town to spend the evening. They’d shop More Info »

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