Henry Opera House

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.

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The Henry Opera House was a main staple of downtown Huntsville. It is the second building from the top with the second floor extending out in the front.

The Henry Opera House was a main staple of downtown Huntsville. It is the second building from the top with the second floor extending out in the front.

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The official Henry Opera House historical marker.

The official Henry Opera House historical marker.

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A front view of the Henry Opera House today.

A front view of the Henry Opera House today.

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The Henry Opera House today from the left side of the building displaying the Texas historical marker.

The Henry Opera House today from the left side of the building displaying the Texas historical marker.

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Street Address:

12th St. & University Ave., Huntsville [map]

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Texas Historical Marker, “Henry Opera House,” East Texas History, accessed June 26, 2017, http://easttexashistory.org/items/show/182.

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