Wakefield Opera House

2 High Street,
Sanbornville, NH 03872

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Wakefield Opera House

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The Wakefield Opera House is located upstairs in the very handsome Town Hall building in the Wakefield section of Sanbornville. The building opened in 1895. There was a commercial cinema operation there from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Today it’s a live theater.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

The Google map and street view I’m currently seeing on this page are miles and miles from the actual location of the Wakefield Opera House. I tired to link to a corrected view at Google Maps but it wouldn’t cooperate, so here is the correct location from Bing Maps. Unfortunately this is one of the places Bing Maps doesn’t have a good 360-degree bird’s-eye view available.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The NRHP registration form for the Wakefield Town Hall (PDF here) says that this Romanesque Revival building was designed by Dover, New Hampshire, architect Alvah T. Ramsdell.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 18, 2015 at 10:26 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the opera house; it’s Card # 513. Address is High St. Name of theater is simply “Opera House”. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says it opened about 1925 and that it shows MGM films. There were 312 seats on the main floor and 50 in the balcony. The 1940 population was 7,000.

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