Cottrill Opera House

264 E. State Highway 32,
Thomas, WV 26292

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2022 at 1:46 pm

Cotrill’s Opera House is an upstairs theater. The ground floor of the building has always been configured for retail uses, but the auditorium is undergoing renovation for theatrical use, and has been since 1978. Since 1981 the project has been under the management of a non-profit organization called Alpine Heritage Preservation Incorporated, who own the building. It has been a very long process, as the town is small and has limited resources, but steady progress has been made.

The organization’s official web site has a history of the theater and the restoration project. There are also several historical photos on the site’s history page.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 12, 2022 at 5:44 am

Address is 264 E, State Hwy 32, Thomas, WV 26292. I seriously don’t think it’s being used in any sort of preforming arts capacity. Retail.

DavidZornig on December 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Just posted a 1934 poster for the Sutton Theatre. Spelling should be changed from “Theater” to “Theatre” in the Overview description.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

E.C.S. Holmboe and Robert C. Lafferty of the Clarksburg architectural firm Holmboe & Rafferty designed the Cottrill Opera House.

kencmcintyre on January 7, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine in June 1962:

THOMAS, W. VA.-Mrs. Cathryn Sutton, for many years operator of the Sutton Theater here, has leased the theater to Roger Bonner, current theater projectionist, effective August 1. Mrs. Sutton is moving to California.