Hyatt's Opera House
322 E. Main Street,
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Built in 1896 by John Schmid, the Opera House was typical in it’s day as being part of a government or commercial building. In this case it was on the second floor above a general store. The lower level and balcony contained 900 seats.
The venue was used for opera, vaudeville, movies and meetings.
It has been described as one of the finest in Southern Illinois.
The Opera House was purchased by J. H. Hyatt in either 1901 or 1902. A fire destroyed the building. Once, again, there are conflicting dates. One local report has the date as October 19, 1910 and yet it was listed as showing movies in the 1914-1915 period. I’m inclined to think the latter is correct because of the source.
Culligan’s Water Service occupies the building now at that site. Accordingly, I used their address in the heading since it conforms to the original description I found as being at the intersection of E. Main Street and Boone Street.
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