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Springer Opera House

 
 
Springer Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
1. Springer Opera House Marker
Inscription. Theater in Columbus found its finest home on February 27, 1871, when Francis Joseph Springer, originally of Alsace, opened his opera house. The Springerís forty-foot deep stage held a continuous round of shows of every description.

Here Edwin Booth played Hamlet, February 15, 1876, on his first Southern tour after the War. “Blind Tom” Bethune, the Negro musical prodigy born near Columbus, performed here often. Oscar Wilde and Williams Jennings Bryan lectured here; John L. Sullivan, the world champion gave a boxing exhibition, and Mrs. John Drew, grandmother of the Barrymores, starred in She Stoops to Conquer. Here, in 1928, Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a “Happy Warrior” speech in behalf of presidential nominee, Al Smith.

In 1902 the Springer sons completely renovated their opera house. From that time until it became a movie house in 1941, the Springer continued to be the cityís cultural center.

In 1959 the Springer closed and in the Spring of 1964, The Columbus Little Theater Opera House Trustees was formed to prevent its destruction. On October 6, 1965, The Little Theaterís musical production of St. Elmo, based upon the Victorian novel by Columbus-born author, Augusta Evans Wilson, was presented amidst the Springerís restored Victorian splendor.
 
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Springer Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
2. Springer Opera House Marker
Looking across 10th Street at the Muscogee County Courthouse
1966 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 106-31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 27.892′ N, 84° 59.491′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of 10th Street and First Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 10th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 10th Street, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ladies Defender (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Hospitals (within shouting distance of this marker); POW✯MIA Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Jacket (within shouting distance of this marker); Primus King and the Civil Rights Movement (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Thomas H. Brewer (about 300 feet away); Pembertonís Drugstores, 1857-69 (about 500 feet away); Fit for Man and Beast (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding Springer Opera House. The Springer Opera House was named "The Official Opera House of Georgia" by Governor Jimmy Carter.
 
Also see . . .  Springer Opera House - Wikipedia
Springer Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
3. Springer Opera House Marker
Looking west, with 10th Street on the left and First Avenue straight ahead
. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
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Springer Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 30, 2011
4. Springer Opera House Marker
Looking east on 10th Street
The Springer Opera House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
5. The Springer Opera House
Looking across 10th Street
Interior of the Springer Opera House image. Click for full size.
By New Georgia Encyclopedia
6. Interior of the Springer Opera House
Oscar Wilde's Star image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
7. Oscar Wilde's Star
Installed in the sidewalk in front of the Spring Opera House, the star also honors F. Clason Kyle, a key figure in the restoration of the building.
Truman Capote's Star image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 1, 2011
8. Truman Capote's Star
Installed in the sidewalk in front of the Spring Opera House, the star also honors Janice P. Biggars, Executive Vice-President of the Historic Columbus Foundation.
 
 
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