Aledo Opera House

108 SE Second Street,
Aledo, IL 61231

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Aledo Opera House

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The Aledo Opera House oppened in 1904 with movies starting in 1906. The first floor is now shared by a bar and library. The second and third floor has been converted to a bed and breakfast. The theatre located on the first floor is still in operation today and is operated by Hart Theatres.

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[Deleted] on November 28, 2004 at 7:49 pm

The Aledo Opera House has a misleading name since it was not used for opera. The Aledo Opera House started life as the Aledo Roller Rink, which is why its wooden floor isn’t sloped, like those of other movie houses. This theatre closed in June of 1997 because customers were lost to Quad-Cities theatres, and a health-department ban on popcorn sales without a food-service license.
The building was damaged in an October 2000 fire at an adjoining building which collapsed and fell through the Aledo Opera House roof, causing considerable damage.
The Aledo Opera House opened to the public as a theatre again on Sept.6, 2002. The seating capacity is 400+ seats counting the main floor and balcony.

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