McPherson Opera House

219 S. Main Street,
McPherson, KS 67460

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dallasmovietheaters on January 2, 2017 at 4:51 am

The McPherson Opera House appears to have shown its first motion pictures in 1897. Full time theaters launched in the town including the Tourney and the Cozy/Mikado. In the sound era, the Opera House became known as the Empire Theatre converting to full-time motion pictures and, taken over by C. C. McOllister who changed it to the Mac Theatre.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

There is a “New Opera House” listed for McPherson in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. There are no street addresses in this Guide. The Mgr was C. H. Hubbell; the seating capacity is not given. Tickets are 25 cents to 75 cents. The theater had electric illumination and a stage 28 feet deep. Hotels for show folk were the Union and the Keene; Newspapers were the daily Republican, and the weeklies Democrat and Opinion. Railroads were the UP, Rock Island, and Santa Fe. The 1897 population of McPherson was 4,000.