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Between Garden Ave. and Denison Ave. on the east side of West 25th St.


Brooklyn Opera House Co.


It's a bit of a surprise to find out that Brooklyn Centre had an opera house. The building is now long gone but at the time it featured not a flat interior, but rather one that made use of the natural terrain so that the seats were on a floor that sloped down towards the orchestra area. This was made possible by the ravine that was at the rear of the property.
The Opera House opened in 1879 and was
"owned by a stock company, consisting of the members of the Brooklyn Dramatic Club, an amateur organization, which has formerly held its entertainments in the Columbus Street Armory. Feeling the need of a larger and more appropriate hall the members have built this at a cost of $1,000. It is a frame building 68x33 feet, with a tasteful stage and seating capacity of about four hundred. The scenery is that formerly used by the Brooklyn Club at the Armory, and is quite extensive for the size of the stage. In connection with the club there has been organized a Brooklyn Orchestra, which will furnish the music at future entertainments. The new stock company has elected the following Board of Managers: President, Mr. John S. Fish; Directors. Messrs. William Beaser, Andrew Susman, F.S. Van Norman, George Croft, C.N. Collins and C.A. Allen."[1]
A deed for the property from Russell Brown to Charles Kroehle in 1883 states that the building can be torn down and also mentions that the Corporation of Brooklyn Village had a lease executed in 1877. Unfortunately, nothing further is described within the deed.
The following article appeared in the Nov. 10, 1883 issue of The Cuyahogan:
This lady was greeted with a fair sized audience at the Opera House last Tuesday evening and won the commendation of her hearers for the fine rendition of the dramatic and elocutionary readings which composed her program. Her renditions of "Sister and I" and "Searching for the Slain" were the best in the entire selection, but the character sketch, "Widder Green" .............[section missing]..... her profession. She had a sweet pleasant voice, is a very good singer which aids her materially in some of her renditions and is of graceful and easy carriage. The talent is there; all that is needed is thorough and painstaking work to make her a success in this line.


  1. Cleveland Leader, Feb 5, 1879

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