Bath Opera House reopening, 1926


The Bath Opera House is shown as it was ready to reopen after surviving the fire of March 1925. The Opera House was built on the site of the 1883 Alameda Hall and originally opened on November 21, 1913. Frank Churchill was the architect and engineer for the project. The land had been sold by the Alameda Association to the Abrams Amusement Co. in 1912.

In the early years, the Opera House hosted traveling musical comedies and novelty acts such as "Odiva, the Samoan Diving Queen" with her school of Pacific sea lions, as well as the increasingly popular moving picture. The Opera House also hosted high school graduations and major news announcements like the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

In the fall of 1971, the building was demolished due to its poor condition and inability to compete financially with newer theaters. Bath's home of popular entertainment, first as the Alameda and then the Opera House, was gone after nearly 90 years.

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