Smyrna Opera House

7 W. South Street,
Smyrna, DE 19977

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The Opera House opened on December 20, 1869. It began screening movies in 1935. Nice neighberhood type theatre with balcony and cry rooms which tended to run second run product. It was operated by Schwartz Theatres of Dover.

It was converted into a hardware store in the late-1970’s. In around 2001, it was converted back to a theater as a performing arts venue.

Contributed by Jonathan M. Crist

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 28, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Can we fix the typos in the caption? It’s Smyrna.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 15, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Here is another photo of the Smyrna Opera House:
http://tinyurl.com/cy282s

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 15, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I’m having a little trouble reconciling the 1948 exterior photo posted on 7/9/07 with the current photos of the building. I’m hoping that we’re not mixing up the Opera House with another stand alone theater called the Smyrna.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Last comment on this: I guess from reading the history they tore it down after the fire in 1948 and rebuilt it later. Question answered.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 15, 2009 at 8:15 pm

They do look like two different buildings, though.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Unless like they said, they tore down all the old parts and then much later rebuilt everything to look like the opera house. Still odd, though.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 15, 2009 at 8:29 pm

So it’s a facsimile of the old building.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 15, 2009 at 8:38 pm

That’s what I think. I just can’t turn the 1948 photos into this place, even with the rebuilding. Not sure if the original addition was for the 1948 place and then the mention of performing arts was added after the first post on 4/29/05. I can see the history being theater and then hardware store.

RichardCWolfe
RichardCWolfe on June 8, 2009 at 10:56 am

These are two different theatres.

The information in the heading above gives the proper information for the Symnra theatre, but the wrong address which is what has caused the confusion. 7 West South Street is the location of the restored Opera House.

The Symnra theatre built in the 40s is located at aprox. 106 South Commerce Street, about three blocks from the Opera House. The building is still there, but what it currently is used for I have no idea.

If you go to Live Search Maps, type in the 106 South Commerce Street address and you will see the building on the birds eye view. To the left of the theatre are some parking lots, then a church. Look at the exterior photo from the July 9th, 2007 post above, and you will see the building shape conforms to that in the ariel view, and you will see the church to the left.

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