Chester Opera House
1001-3 State Street,
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The Chester Opera House was built in the late 19th century. It was converted to a movie house about 1920 by its owner, Bill Schuchert. Elzie Segar, the creator of Popeye the Sailor, a native of Chester, got his first job at the Opera House working for Schuchert at age 12. Segar would later base the hamburger-loving character of Wimpy on his former boss.
Though long ago closed as a movie theater, the old Opera House now houses a Popeye-themed gift shop and museum.
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