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DeGive's Opera House

DeGive Opera House building toward the end of its life, doing business as the Bijou Theater

DeGive's Opera House was the main venue for opera in Atlanta from 1871 until 1893.

History and location

There are varying accounts of the construction and location of DeGive's Opera House. The Atlanta History Center describes how Belgian consul Laurent DeGive purchased an unfinished building at the corner of Marietta and Forsyth and hired architect and civil engineer Max Corput to design the opera house.[1] This location, however, was the site of the Kimball opera house, which predated the DeGive Opera House.

Reed's History of Atlanta states that Atlanta's antebellum Masonic Hall was destroyed in a fire in May, 1866. The site stated to be at the corner of Marietta and Broad (not Forsyth), was then purchased, and the firm of Fay & Corput designed the new opera house which was dedicated on February 22, 1871.[2]

The opera house was expanded in 1873-4 to accommodate over 2,000 people.[3]

In 1893, DeGive opened the new, larger DeGive's Grand Opera House, which would later become Loew's Grand Theatre, at Peachtree and Forsyth. The original DeGive's Opera House was later occupied by the Columbia Theater and later by the Bijou Theater. The building was demolished in 1921 to make way for the construction of the Palmer Building, which is in turn replaced by 41 Marietta St by 1976.

Earlier opera house

DeGive's was not the first opera house in Atlanta. The first shows performed in Atlanta predate the [4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "DeGive's Opera House", Atlanta History Center
  2. ^ , p.568History of Atlanta, Georgia: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneersWallace Putam Reed,
  3. ^ , Sep. 14, 1873, p. 11Atlanta Sunday Herald"Our Opera House",
  4. ^ Reed, Wallace Putnam (1889). History of Atlanta, Georgia, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co. pp. art I 278, Part II, 162–168. 

External links

  • "DeGive's Opera House", Atlanta History Center

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