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Community

November 2, 2013

Big names entertained at Elwood opera houses

One remains today, other destroyed by fire

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The private boxes on the main floor each had a private entrance. They were furnished with high back, row seat willow chairs. The main floor and balcony were fitted with modern opera chairs, while benches, much like those used in churches were in the gallery.

The basement contained 10 dressing rooms and property rooms essential to the theater's successful operation.

The Kramer Grand opened on Thursday evening, Oct. 30, 1902. The last show at the Elwood Opera House was on Monday, Oct. 27. This was purposely planned in order that there would be no interruption in entertainment in Elwood.

In 1907, Kramer sold the opera house to the Mason' s who made it their home for the next 92 years.

For almost 17 years the Kramer Grand enjoyed its place as Elwood's finest theater. But, at three in the morning of Friday, Sept. 26, 1919, a fire broke out that reduced the once magnificent structure to ruins. It was never rebuilt.

For more information visit the Madison County History Center, 15 West 11th St., Anderson, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 9-4. Phone 683-0052.

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