Hogan Opera House
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Already open in the 1880’s, the Hogan Opera House in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania appears to have been a well-established fixture in the greater Southern Tier/NE PA area in the first two decades of the 20th century. Movies were shown here as early as 1902. Julius Cahn’s Theatrical Guide indicates it was a ground floor theatre, and also indicates “a new $40,000 Opera House in course of construction, under the same management, ready October 1906”. Be that as it may, the opera house continued unabated as a hub for local entertainment throughout the next decade and a half. The last mention I have found for the opera house was in 1927, when the lighting at the facility was redone.
There was a later movie theater in Susquehanna called the Town Theater. It was open by 1943 and was destroyed by fire in 1960. It is not known if it the Town Theater was the same as the second opera house, or if either of the old opera houses still stand. Downtown Susquehanna contains many fascinating old buildings, and there are several candidates that could conceivably have at one time held an opera house.
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