Manitowoc Opera House

401 N. 8th Street,
Manitowoc, WI 54220

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The Herald Times reported June 23, 1923, Z.G. Stebbins of the Vaudette Theatre was leasing the opera house as a movie theatre. The reason given was poor attendance for legitimate drama and needed space for growing movie attendance at the Vaudette Theatre.

On opening night about 2,000 people attended to see Marguerite Clark in “The Wild Flower”, proving Mr. Stebbins correct.

The Manitowoc County Historical Society says the Opera House opened 1881. It was Listed in American Motion Picture Directory 1914-15 and on Sanborn Maps.

Newspaper advertisements show it was still showing movies and vaudeville through May 1924 and was listed for the last time in Film Daily Year Book 1928 with 800 seats.

The Herald Times reported the last portion of the Opera House was razed May 6, 1975 and the Historical Society confirmed Kwik Trip convenience store occupies the site today.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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