Mauch Chunk Opera House

14 West Broadway,
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

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Mauch Chunk Opera House

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Opened in 1882, the Mauch Chunk Opera House was designed by Philadelphia architect Addison Hutton. The name of the borough of Mauch Chunk was changed to Jim Thorpe after the athlete’s 1953 death. The opera house initially housed a concert hall, originally seating over 900, on the second floor and a farmer’s market on the first floor.

In 1927, the Comerford Amusement chain took over the Mauch Chunk Opera House as a movie theater, renaming it the Capitol Theatre. It continued to operate until 1962 and afterward the building was used as a warehouse.

In 1975, the Mauch Chunk Opera House/Capitol Theatre was acquired by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society and today functions as a venue for concerts and other live entertainment as well as screenings of classic movies.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 22, 2012 at 10:40 am

There is an “Opera House” listed under Mauch Chunk in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. Robert Heberling was Mgr. Seating capacity not given. Tickets ranged from 25 cents to $1. The house had gas illumination. The proscenium opening was 28 feet wide X 20 feet high, and the stqge was 32 feet deep. It says that the theater was on the “first floor”. Since the building is on a slope, the stage may have been on the first floor in back, but the auditorium was on the second floor. There were 8 members of the house orchestra. There were 2 daily newspapers and 2 weeklies, and 5 hotels for show folk. The 1897 population of Mauch Chunk was 10,000.

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