The 1891 Fredonia Opera House

June 11, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 11, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM EDT

 

Originally named the Grand Opera House, The 1891 Fredonia Opera House has certainly stood the test of time.

It was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1980's.

"The theatre opened in 1891 and was basically a Vaudeville theatre at that time. It was right on the rail lines so we were very much a part of the Vaudeville circuit," said Fredonia Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis.

By the 1940's, the talking motion picture had taken the spotlight and the theatre was used as a movie house until 1981 when it was closed after falling into disrepair.

In 1985, The Fredonia Preservation Society made it their mission to restore the theatre to it's former glory.

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