Thorpe Opera House

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Thorpe Opera House

The Thorpe Opera House, built in 1889 by William B. Thorpe, served as a cultural center and a hometown stage for Thorpe’s daughter, Estelle. The three-story brick building featured a beautifully designed interior with walnut stained chairs, velour-draped boxes, and a pastel blue color scheme. The seating capacity of 1,000 included a U-shaped balcony that was later removed. The opera house theater upstairs hosted theatrical performances brought to David City by the town’s railroads. Other uses of the Thorpe building include the State Theater in the 1940s and 1950s, the Astro theater in the 1960s, and the Youth Center in 1978.

Thorpe Opera House, circa 1900. Thorpe Opera House, 2023.

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Interior of the Thorpe Opera House.
Interior of the Thorpe Opera House.
The Astro movie theater, in the Thorpe Opera House, 1967.
The Astro movie theater, in the Thorpe Opera House — 1967.
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