127 S. Broadway,
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Previously operated by: RKO
Firms: Meyer & Holler
Previous Names: Mason Opera House, Erlanger's Mason Theatre
The Mason Opera House opened on June 8, 1903 and seated 1,600 people. It was a drama theatre, designed by architect Benjamin Howard Marshall of Chicago based architectural firm Marshall & Wilson. Seating was provided in orchestra and two balcony levels.
Remodeled in 1924 by the architectural firm Meyer & Holler. It was leased to RKO in 1930 who still used it as a playhouse. By 1932 it had been equipped with a 3 manual Wurlitzer theatre organ. Later known as the Mason Theatre, by 1944 a projection booth had been built at the rear of the 2nd balcony and from 1945 it showed Spanish-language films. The theatre was closed in early-1955 with Columba Dominguez in “Pueblerina”. It was demolished in 1956.
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