Lexington Opera House

401 W. Short Street,
Lexington, KY 40507

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The Lexington Opera House opened on July 19, 1887, with seating for 1,500. After presenting vaudeville for many years, it became a movie theatre from 1926.

Contributed by Ed Wilke

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 28, 2007 at 10:17 am

The Lexington Opera House is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide, an annual for roadshow producers. The seating capacity is given as 1500; Charles Scott was the manager. The house had both electric and gas illumination and the auditorium was on the ground floor. The proscenium was 33 feet wide x 34 feet high, and the stage was 42 feet deep. Hotels for show folk in Lexington were the Phoenix, Palace, Leland and Reed. Local newspapers were the Leader, Herald and Argonaut. The 1897 population of Lexington KY was 30,000.

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