Arcadia Opera House

106 W. Oak Street,
Arcadia, FL 34266

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Arcadia Opera House

The Arcadia Opera House was constructed in 1906, making it one of the first buildings built after a large fire destroyed most of downtown Arcadia in 1905. The opera house, as its name suggests, was mostly used for plays and musical acts, as well as political rallies and the occasional church function. As motion pictures gained popularity, a screen was added and movies were shown on a regular basis. I don’t know exactly when movies ceased being shown here, but I imagine it was by the 1940’s.

The Opera House hasn’t been a venue in decades, but the building is remarkably well-preserved. Small shops occupy the ground floor and the second floor, home to the former theater, is now a large antique mall with a special section dedicated to the old theater. It’s worth a stop if you ever find yourself near Arcadia, Florida.

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on July 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Here are some pictures of the Arcadia Opera House.

Patsy on July 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Irv: You being in FL should venture out towards Arcadia and check out this former theatre, in person!

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Intereasting photos MajorMajor.

SweetonGeeks on November 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm

The Arcadia Opera House is under renovation and under new management.
The website is . Check it out for the latest news and come visit us!

MaryGH on October 18, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Love the new antique mall as well as the other antique shops in Arcadia – I go down there several times a year just to check it out. Very quaint, delightful area.

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