Littleton Opera House

2 Union Street,
Littleton, NH 03561

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This landmark building dating from 1895, anchors one end of Littleton’s historic Main Street. It is a large white building with an octagonal clock tower on one corner. It is used as a venue for plays, movies, etc., and the rest of the building houses some town offices.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 21, 2005 at 7:51 pm

Vandals Force Closing of Toilets

BY PAUL HAYES Staff Writer
Thursday February 24, 2005

If you have to go, don’t go to the Littleton Opera House.

The Opera House bathrooms will be locked to the public following multiple vandalism incidents since the beginning of the year.

The Board of Selectmen – without Bill Hight – voted 2-0 Wednesday night to lock the bathroom doors. A key will be provided to the Littleton Police Department, and the public will have access to the bathrooms only during specific events.

Tax Collector Joe Wiggett recommended the doors be closed after an estimated four vandalism incidents in which the Opera House toilets were plugged with rolls of toilet paper.

The blockages were removed by plumbers at a cost of $50 to $100 per call.

In total, plumber service calls and the replacement of a toilet accounted for much of the $628.64 already spent out of the town’s $1,000 plumbing budget for the Opera House and town offices. This amount was meant to last until Dec. 31.

In total, there are four public toilets at the Opera House, two each in the men’s and women’s rooms.

As part of the selectmen’s decision, if the toilets are clogged during a public event, the event organizers are responsible for paying the related plumbing or repair costs.

With the Opera House bathrooms locked, the downtown area loses two of its few public restrooms.

“We don’t have a lot of convenient, publicly accessible toilets downtown,” Town Manager Jason Hoch said.

Wiggett said allowing the bathrooms to remain open was not an option because of the vandalism repair costs.

“It’s killing us,” Wiggett said. “We can’t have someone monitor it eight hours a day.”

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 22, 2005 at 2:24 am

Nice story there. ‘Multiple vandalism’ in New Hampshire…who would have thought it!

The Opera House opened in 1895, the architect was Fred T. Austin and it has a seating capacity of 463. It has also been known as the Grand Opera House and Town Hall. Its main uses being drama, musical comedy, vaudeville, opera, minstral shows and wrestling. I’m not sure if films have been shown here? The 783 seat Premier Theatre, 35 Main St. was the towns movie theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 22, 2005 at 7:41 am

“Toilet Terrorists”! I wonder if Homeland Security is aware of this. Maybe the military should try their new stealth weapon, the Commode Buster bomb. :)

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