Albemarle Opera House

127-133 W. Main Street,
Albemarle, NC 28001

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Opera House

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The Albemarle Opera House is located above several downtown businesses in Albemarle, North Carolina. It held live performances from 1908 to 1913 then was converted to a movie theater for the 1914 and 1915 seasons. After several seasons of disuse it became an annex to the undertaker’s shop that was next door. The space has been empty and unused for 70 or so years.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 11, 2008 at 7:30 am

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Opera House—Starnes Jewelers Building (added 1995 – Building – #95000180)
127—133 W. Main St., Albemarle

Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Moody, Locke Anderson
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival, Moderne
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Commerce, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Specialty Store, Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Vacant/Not In Use
Current Sub-function: Specialty Store

BLG
BLG on October 31, 2008 at 3:50 pm

I’ve located a website maintained by the person who now owns it; he evidently operates the shop beneath it.

In my experience of searching through theaters, I’ve never before seen one with an entrance to a second floor auditorium. Maybe I’ve just not looked in the right places.

http://www.starnesjewelers.com/operahouse/home.htm

Artman
Artman on November 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

The Opera house is across the street from this building and is above two stores. Starnes Jewelery Store opened before the building was built and moved into the current store when the Starnes family finished this building

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