Perkins Opera House

185 Washington Street,
Monticello, FL 32344

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Perkins Opera House

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Built in 1890. Part of a beautiful slice of old Florida on the square. Started showing silent films during the earliest part of the previous century along with other forms of entetainment. Never seemed to make the switch to talkies. Closed by 1930.

Contributed by George H.Hill III

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2005 at 12:58 pm

aka the Monticello Opera House, this opened in the Fall of 1890 with a show called “The Clipper” with the Amy Lee Company. The architect was W.R. Gunn.

The facade is of red brick and the U-shaped auditorium is on the 2nd floor on two levels. In the late 1980’s it was being used as a Cultural Centre.

ghamilton on November 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I know there was a BRICK theater on or near the square in 1960.Maybe LM’s pic is that building?

zebulongrady on October 29, 2015 at 6:54 pm

This building is not the Perkins Opera House. This building was located on the east side of the courthouse on Highway 90 and is still standing and I believe it is used as the Masonic Lodge meeting hall. The Perkins Opera House is on the West side of the courthouse on Highway 90. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Perkins building and is currently being used as a performing arts theatre. At one time for a short period of time it was used as a movie theatre.

OCRon on October 31, 2015 at 7:25 am

According to this Sanborn Map from 1928 (in photo section), the entrance to the opera house was on the corner at 115 W. Washington (now 185). While the opera house itself occupied the entire top floor of the building, the map says that the walls, separating the post office and the stores, were only on the first floor.

It is interesting that even though it was on the second floor, there was room for a small balcony where the projection booth was later built. (See photo)

It is now named, as Ken notes, the Monticello Opera House at 185 W. Washington. Their website is complete with history and photos.

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