Hubbell Theatre

Main Street,
Trenton, MO 64683

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Architects: Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Previous Names: Hubbell's Opera House

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The Hubbell’s Opera House was opened by 1886. By 1914 it was screening movies as Hubbell Theatre. It was owned by R.D. Hubbel and seated 800. Robert O. Boller was the architect for this theatre. It was no longer listed as open in 1937.

Contributed by Chris1982

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SethG on March 7, 2019 at 9:05 am

1914 Sanborn map shows a Hubble (which I think is a misspelling) theater located in the second floor of the storefronts from 806-814 Main. The stage was at the south end, and was clearly set up for live theater/vaudeville. Capacity is listed as 810. The building appears on the 1886 Sanborn as Hubbel’s Opera House. It’s possible this was later replaced by a purpose-built cinema. In any case, that entire section of the block was destroyed for a ‘50/'60s bank and parking.

SethG on March 7, 2019 at 9:08 am

Confusingly, the 1906 Cahn-Hill Theatrical Guide is quite certain that the name is Hubbell’s Opera House, managed by W.W. Hubbell.

SethG on March 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

Robert Boller was born in 1887, so he obviously wasn’t the architect of the opera house. He was the architect of either a 1923 remodel, or a 1923 replacement structure, which may have had a reduced capacity, given the information Chris originally had.

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