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Monticello's old opera house being restored

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Title:
Monticello's old opera house being restored
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Theaters -- Florida -- Monticello   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Monticello (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
conference publication   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the restoration of the opera house, located in the Perkins Building, in Monticello.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed Sept. 1, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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University of South Florida Library
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University of South Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002317417
oclc - 660052358
usfldc doi - D33-0318
usfldc handle - d33.318
System ID:
SFS0000699:00001


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r15 MONTICELLO'S OLD OPERA HOUSE BEING RESTORED By HAMPTON DUNN MONTICELLO --Citizens of North Florida are happy about the restoration of the great old Opera House in the Perkins Building on the Courthouse Circle in downtown Monticello. The circle is where U.S. 90 and U.S. 19 highways intersect in this Jefferson County seat. The ancient entertainment center has been closed for 10, these many years, but now is making a comeback. A quaint description of the way it was in the early days was contained in a ne ws article in The Monticello News in a special issue of Feb. 22, 1907. An excerpt: "'One of the largest establishments in Monticello is that of Mr. J. H. Perkins; he owns a whole block, which is divided into his own mercantile establishment and department store, sewing machine depot, the opera house and a seed store... "Mr. Perkins owns the opera house building, which is tastefully fitted up with a drop curtain, handsome scenery, comfortable chairs and electric lights." The News of 1907 also noted that Mr. Perkins has a beautiful home, where, with his estimable wife, he enjoys that comfort and pros perity that he so richly deserves. He is said to be one of the wealth iest men in this county." The old opera house was built in 1890 by Perkins, who had vis ions of bringing live theatre to his community but these dreams were shattered by the rigid demands of the churches of the community, whose members considered the theater immoral. It was finally forced to close in 1927. There are still tell tale signs of t raveling companies that performed here. Graffiti indicates that the Springer & Lewis company shined on the boards.

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