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Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Henry Opera House

(In service 1883-1913)

 
 
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By Steve Gustafson, September 19, 2009
1. Henry Opera House Marker
Inscription. Built in 1880 as lodge hall. First floor soon became a dry goods and grocery store, and second was made into a fine theater by owner, John Henry (1828-97). Here traveling troupes played Shakespeare and dramas of the times. Famous magician Hermann the Great made Texas debut here; and Blind Tom, self-taught Negro piano virtuoso, once performed on this stage.

After period as skating rink, opera house showed first motion picture in the city, about 1909. But with building of new theater, it closed and came again to be used for offices and stores.
 
Erected 1972 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8456.)
 
Location. 30° 43.375′ N, 95° 33.035′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of University Avenue and 12th Street, on the left when traveling north on University Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1206 University Ave., Huntsville TX 77342, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walker County (a few steps from this marker); Cornerstone of the Fourth Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M.
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By I.G.V.Atajar, July 24, 2010
2. Henry Opera House Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Five Courthouses of Walker County (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Gibbs Store (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bedias Indians (about 700 feet away); Sam Houston (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
Henry Opera House image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, July 24, 2010
3. Henry Opera House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 693 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on March 28, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on March 23, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2010, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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