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Elks Opera House
Prescott’s Elks Opera House recently underwent a $2 million restoration and reopened for live performances.
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By Robert Stieve & Kelly Vaughn Kramer
In February 1904, the Prescott Daily Journal Miner posted notice that members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 330 sought to build an opera house — at an estimated cost of $15,000 — on East Gurley Street in Prescott. Weeks later, the building’s granite cornerstone was laid, and 10 months after that, the Victorian-style theater opened with a staging of Marta of the Lowlands, starring Florence Roberts. Over the decades, the Elks began offering more film viewings than stage performances, though live theater returned in the 1980s. In 2001, the city of Prescott acquired the opera house and established the Elks Opera House Foundation to help preserve and restore the structure.
Location: 117 E. Gurley Street, Prescott
1905 The Elks Opera House opens in downtown Prescott on February 20.