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Menominee Opera House
by George Garnsey
The Menominee Opera House was constructed in 4 months and financed by local businessman who preferred New York shows that came in by train. Artists stayed at the Hotel Menominee. The architect George Garnsey was from Chicago. It has a mansard roof and was built of Pompeian brick. Seats were covered in maroon plush and the fire curtain was a painted scene from Longfellows, "The Courtship of Miles Standish." There were 8 boxes, 2 horseshoe balconies - a box cost $100, a seat $10 and the second balcony was 50 cents. It was supposed to show silent films before the Lloyd Theatre was constructed. The Opera House was an important community center - used from graduations, concerts, plays and civic performances. It was gutted by fire in 1950, the exterior has been recently stabilized.
Location 114 Fifth Ave., Menominee Michigan, MI
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