Elks Opera House


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This image shows the Elks Opera House on Gurley Street.  To the left of the Opera House is the Carnegie Library. 

The Prescott. Elks, BPOE Lodge #330, purchased the property upon which the Elks Opera House is located in 1900 and selected John R. Minor as the architect of the Elks Building. The original plans did not include a theater, but in 1904 the Elks Lodge held a public meeting to gauge public interest in including an opera house in the Elks building. Prescott residents raised the necessary funds of $15,000, and the granite cornerstone was laid on April 3, 1904, followed by the grand opening was on February 20, 1905. The 1910 film "Birth of A Nation" was shown here on May 15, 1916. Between 1915 and 1982 the theater primarily served as a movie theater with occasional live acts. 


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