St. Marys Theater/Grand Opera House

119 W. Spring Street,
St. Marys, OH 45885

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The St. Marys Theater/Grand Opera House opened in November 1895.

Considered to be one of the finest old theaters that still exists in the United States, the theater is still used for movies and live stage acts. It has had the best of entertainers pass through the doors, such as John Phillip Sousa, Gene Autry, Jimmy Durante, Fanny Rice, and many others in the world of entertainment.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 26, 2006 at 2:37 pm

This is a modern photo of St. Marys Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 1, 2007 at 11:55 am

Here is a close-up view of St. Marys Theater.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 5, 2007 at 11:12 am

The Grand Opera House in St. Mary’s, OH was listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. J.L. Smith was the Mgr., and the seating capacity was 1,000. The house had both gas and electric illumination. The proscenium was 30 feet wide and the stage was 35 feet deep. The theatre was on the ground floor and there were 9 in the house orchestra. In addition to 2 weekly newspapers, there was the daily “Democrat”. Hotels were the Fountain and the Dieker House. The 1897 population of St. Mary’s was 6,500.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm

A recent photo can be seen here.

sparkster on May 5, 2009 at 3:52 pm

here is some inside photos of the St marys theatre
st marys ohio

I also went up in the loft and took many photos up there
I will be adding some pics of the ballroom and lobby areas soon
but in the meantime enjoy them.

Bryon Sparks

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Nice photo again Chuck 1231.

stevepatrick on October 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Any word on what’s going on here and who is running this theatre?

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