Jacques Opera House
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Built in 1893 by Jean Jacques. Located on Phoenix Avenue. Opened up as a legitimate theater. During its early years all “great artists of the day” appeared there. Around 1897 Poli appears in Waterbury with one of his first theaters. Competes with Jacques. Competition for customers results in the two working as partners. Jacques moves to Poli’s as manager while Poli runs the old Jacques theater. Jacques dies in 1905. Poli then runs both theaters.First movie in Waterbury was shown here. In later years the Jacques was vaudeville then a burlesque house. Closes doors in late-1940’s.
Sold and demolished in 1954. Land became parking lot for local bank. Location is now where Uconn Waterbury campus is.
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