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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Orillia > Opera House
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Opera House
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 Database Info
created by CopySix on 5/31/2005 1:31 AM
last modified by CopySix on 11/30/2007 6:58 PM
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 Overview
 Description
Two very distinct round towers at the east end. Beautiful architecture.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Address
20 Mississaga St. W.
Orillia, Ontario
Canada
Owner: City of Orillia
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     Interesting Features
    The Opera House has a wrap around balcony, common to the formal Opera Houses of Europe.

    The Orillia Opera House, and in particular the Gordon Lightfoot Auditorium has two distinct ghosts; 'The Piano Player' and the second one is more of a haunting or a 'burp' in time as a 100 year old curtain call is repeated.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1895
    Closed: 0
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     History
    Excerpts from the website http://www.operahouse.orillia.on.ca/

    Toronto architectural firm of Gordon and Halliwell awarded tender in 1887. Building was completed by the end of 1895 at a cost of $25,000.00. Ground floor housed the farmers market and Council Chamber while the second floor, known as the Opera House, consisted of a auditorium seating 905 seats with a gallery on three sides and a stage with two dressing rooms. In addition to the two round towers at the east end, there was a tall square tower on the south side, over the entrance to the Council Chamber.

    In July of 1915, Fire destroyed a large part of the building; only the heavy masonry walls, the basement and the main floor structure remained. The Toronto firm of Burke, Horwood and White were retained to prepare plans for the reconstruction.

    The work was completed in 1917. The tall tower on the south side was not rebuilt. The Council Chamber was relocated on the west.

    In 1958 a new entrance was constructed on the east end of the building and in early 1980's the first of the two phases of restoration/renovation of the public areas, the addition of a public elevator and air-conditioning to the public areas.
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    Doors Open 2005
    Tue, May 31st, 2005
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     Web Links
    http://www.operahouse.orillia.on.ca/
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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/1/2007 7:38 AM.

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  • on Dec 1 07 at 7:38, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 30 07 at 18:58, CopySix changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on May 31 05 at 2:19, CopySix made this location available
  • on May 31 05 at 2:18, CopySix updated basic gallery info
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