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Philipsburg in Granite County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

McDonald Opera House

 
 
McDonald Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
1. McDonald Opera House Marker
Inscription. Prominent businessman Angus A. McDonald constructed this two-story masonry theater in 1891. A metal-covered stage loft rises above the roof as evidence of the structures historic function. Beneath the south end were dressing rooms for the traveling entertainers that played the generous stage. Elaborate backdrops were painted by Montana artist Edgar S. Paxson. The advent of moving pictures with sound brought some interior changes in the 1930s, but a magician’s trap door at center stage is still in place. Renamed the Granada Theatre in 1919, it is Montana’s oldest operating theater.

This property contributes to the Philipsburg Historic District • Listed in the Nation l Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior • In cooperation with the Montana Historical Society
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Location. 46° 19.912′ N, 113° 17.668′ W. Marker is in Philipsburg, Montana, in Granite County. Marker is at the intersection of South Sansome Street and West Stockton Street on South Sansome Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philipsburg MT 59858, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philipsburg (here, next to this marker); Courtney Hotel

McDonald Opera House - left image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
2. McDonald Opera House - left
(a few steps from this marker); Jones' Run For Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Philipsburg Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Sayrs' Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); 123 East Broadway (within shouting distance of this marker); C.T. Huffman Grocery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philipsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Philipsburb Opera House Theater. (Submitted on November 10, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
McDonald Opera House - right image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
3. McDonald Opera House - right
The marker is to the right of the entrance.
McDonald Opera House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
4. McDonald Opera House
McDonald Opera House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 9, 2009
5. McDonald Opera House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 10, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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