Sumter Opera House
21 North Main Street,
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Sumpter Opera House (Official)
Architects: Earle Stillwell
Previous Names: Academy of Music, Sumter Theatre
The Sumter Opera House was built around 1893. It replaced an earlier opera house that was destroyed by fire. The conversion of the opera house into a movie theatre began in 1935. The architect chosen was Earle Stillwell. The interior was decorated by Navino Nataloni.
The 915 seat Sumter Theatre opened on August 31, 1936 with the feature film “Earthworm Tractors” starring Joe E. Brown. The Sumter Theatre closed in 1982.
In 1987 the building was renovated by the City of Sumter for use as a City Hall and City Council office space. The first floor auditorium was retained and is currently used for live performances and classic movies.
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