Mauch Chunk Opera House

14 West Broadway,
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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.