Opera houses used to be the crown jewel of a city.
This was the movie theatre before there were movies.
Typically, they would be the center of a community surrounded by businesses like restaurants and other retail stores. These were perfect places to grab a meal or snack before or after the show.
According to the website heritageohio.com, a lot of these places in recent years have been considered for demolition to create parking lots. This particular link is the websites Pinterest page. It highlights theatres across the state. One, in particular, is the Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon.
According to its website, “… the Woodward is America’s oldest authentic 19th-century theatre still standing, and that its first recorded event was in 1851.
On Thursday, January 24, 2019, the opera house opens again. David Holt & Josh Goforth open with “Carolina Heroes.”
Before any tickets are taken, or performances are on stage, a woman from Richmond, Va. came to see the renovation.
Susan Woodward unexpectedly stopped by the opera house.
She is the great-granddaughter of Ebeneezer Woodward. He’s the man who originally opened the venue.
“It’s amazing,“ said Susan Woodward pack, the great-granddaughter of Ebeneezer Woodward.
Peg says her great-grandfather never got to see any performances in the theater.
“I’ve been researching my family for two years,“ said Pack. “You feel like you get to know them.“
The last performance in this theater took place more than 100 years ago.
Pack came to witness the first since then.
According to Danny Gum, the managing director of the opera house, the theater is having a “soft opening“ and will have a grand reopening in a few weeks.