Colorado Springs Opera House

18 N. Tejon Street,
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Colorado Springs Opera House

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The three-story building at 18 N. Tejon Street cost $80,000, and many thought it could not be surpassed West of the Mississippi. The third story was a Masonic lodge and banquet room. It became a vaudeville house in 1904 and was converted to a movie theater in 1919. When its days of entertainment ended about 10 years later, it was converted into a storefront with a soda fountain and offices upstairs. In 1947 it was converted to a Woolworth store. In 1989 the variety store closed and the building became vacant.

After being remodeled into an office building, it is now a night club complex. S. N. Nye resigned in 1913 as manager of the opera house after 30 years in the position.

Many thanks to Opera in Old Colorado for the info!

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 11, 2016 at 10:26 am

The Opera House is listed under Colorado Springs in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. S.N. Nye was Mgr. 870 seats. Tickets 50 cents to $1.50. The theater had both gas and electric illumination and was on the first floor. The proscenium opening was 24 feet wide X 18 feet high, and the stage was 45 feet deep. There were 7 members of the house orchestra. Hotels for show folk were the Antlers, Alamo, Elk and Spalding. The 1897 population was 15,000.

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