Bristol Opera House

10 Court Street,
Bristol, RI 02809

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Bristol Opera House

The Bristol Opera House opened on August 3, 1895 within the Town Hall building of the town of Bristol at 10 Court Street. It lasted until 1934. It was not the same building as the Pastime Theatre, which was on Bradford Street. Entertainments of different types were offered but movies were the predominant entertainment once they arrived.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 13, 2021 at 10:45 am

The Bristol Opera House is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. C.W. Sparks was Mgr. It had 670 seats and was located on the ground floor. Tickets cost 25 cents to 75 cents.The proscenium opening was 22 feet wide X 20 feet high, and the stage was 26 feet deep. There was a piano, but no house orchestra. Weekly newspaper Bristol Phoenix. Hotels for show folks: Bristol House, Church Street House. Railroad: New Haven RR. 1897 population: 8,000.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on February 14, 2021 at 7:57 am

The building at that address is the Bristol Town Hall. It appears to have been a repurposing of the old theatre, so function should be government, municipal.

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