110 W. Franklin Street,
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Opera House, Sesser (Official)
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: Hope Theatre
The Opera House was originally built in 1904, but after a fire destroyed it, was rebuilt in 1914 in Spanish Colonial style. In addition to live theater, the Opera House also showed silent movies until closing in 1932. The Opera House reopened in 1939 as the Hope Theatre, a movie house, which was in operation until 1957.
The theater has recently been restored to its 1914 appearance and is today again called the Opera House, hosting live theatrical performances and concerts. The Opera House is also one of several host venues of the Southern Illinois Music Festival, which is sponsored by Southern Illinois University.
The Opera House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
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