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Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

McIntosh Opera House

Main Street Commercial Historic District

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. McIntosh Opera House Marker
Inscription.  The opening of this grand opera house, built by John McIntosh in 1896, confirmed Kalispell’s growing regional importance. Traveling theatrical groups brought elaborate scenery that transformed the second-floor theater. When one early performance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin drew a record crowd of 1,132, patrons stood on benches, in the gallery, and in the window sills. McIntosh’s hardware and Harvey Cannon’s gentlemen’s clothing stores were the original ground-floor businesses. Over the years McIntosh sold everything from tinware, stoves, pianos, and musical supplies to Studebaker buggies, cars, and tractors. The upstairs Opera House long served the community as meeting hall, school auditorium, gymnasium, and ballroom. For a time between 1905 and 1906, its hardwood floor became a splendid roller skating rink. A catastrophic fire in 1935 ended the building’s long service as a theater, but the sturdy survivor with its fine decorative brickwork remains one of Main Street’s largest and most prominent fixtures.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
McIntosh Opera House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. McIntosh Opera House and Marker
The marker is below the "Antique Market" sign.
Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 48° 11.875′ N, 114° 18.816′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on Main Street near 1st Street West, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 48 Main Street, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kalispell Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Brewery Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Heller Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main Street Commercial Historic District (about 500 feet away); Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile (about 600 feet away); Flathead Wholesale Grocery (about 700 feet away); Knight and Twining Block (about 700 feet away); Masonic Temple (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  McIntosh Opera House -- Flathead Beacon. If ever walls could talk. Basketball. Boxing. Rodeo Dance. Sheridan’s Orchestra. The Flathead County Six. The Boneless Wonder. County Fair. Oil Prospecting. Temperance! These are a few remarks the McIntosh Opera House could mention. (Submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 26 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Mar. 7, 2021