Kerrville in Kerr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Pampell Opera House
Originally a frame structure, this building was completed about 1895. It housed the M.V. Gregory Hotel and store when local merchant John L. Pampell (1871-1958) bought the site in 1901. He converted the second floor into a 450-seat auditorium and used the ground floor for the manufacture and sale of candy, ice cream, and carbonated drinks. The Pampell Opera House became a popular site for plays, concerts, traveling acts and various civic functions, but by the 1920s movies began replacing the live shows. Traces of the Opera House are still evident inside the building.
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5394.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 30° 2.78′ N, 99° 8.495′ W. Marker is in Kerrville, Texas, in Kerr County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Sidney Baker Street (State Highway 16), on the right when traveling east on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 Water Street, Kerrville TX 78028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other The Favorite Saloon Building (1874) (within shouting distance of this marker); Sid Peterson (within shouting distance of this marker); Floyd A. Cailloux (within shouting distance of this marker); Boeckmann Recreation Hall (1909) (within shouting distance of this marker); Schreiner Wool Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Schreiner Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kerrville (about 400 feet away); Schreiner's Roses (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kerrville.
Also see . . .
1. Opera House - History. Wikipedia (Submitted on October 18, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Getting social at Pampell's in Kerrville. "Hindsights" by Michael Barr, TexasEscapes.com (Submitted on October 19, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.