Stonington Opera House

School Street,
Deer Isle, ME

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The original Russ Music hall, built in 1886, was later renamed the Stoningham Opera House and burnt down in 1910. It was rebuilt on the same site almost immediately thereafter. The Opera House has been a multi-purpose building from its inception. Vaudeville, Chautauqua performances, plays, dances, roller skating have all taken place in the building.

The buidling served as the town hall until 1951 and the high school gym until 1947. It began showing silent films in 1918 and talkies in 1929. It showed movies continuously throughout the 1940s and sparodically thereafter. It showed movies from 1980 to 1986.

Closed except for special events since then, it now plans on showing movies yet once again. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1991.

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