What Cheer Opera House

201 North Barnes Street,
What Cheer, IA 50268

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What Cheer Opera House

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The Masonic Opera House was built in 1893 and is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook with 500 seats. The name was later changed to the What Cheer Opera House which is listed in the 1940 Film Daily Yearbook with 500 seats. The Masonic Opera House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 (#73000733).

The What Cheer Opera House is used for concerts and live performances. Current seating is 383 on the main floor and 217 in the balcony.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Under What Cheer, Iowa in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide is the “New Masonic Opera House”. Peter Flaherty was Mgr; there were 850 seats. The proscenium opening was 24 feet square, and the stage was 24 feet deep. The theater was on the ground floor. There were 3 weekly newspapers, and the hotels for show folk were the Smith and the Lydell. The 1897 population of What Cheer was 5,000.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on November 19, 2014 at 5:13 am

Architect: J.J. Gordineer

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