Sunday, February 08, 2009

Lost Rome: The Nevin Opera House

What a loss to Rome on the very last day of 1919. The Nevin Opera House burned. Built in 1880, it stood where that karaoke joint is now. It featured concerts by the New York Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and tyhe Dresden Symphony. There were plays and operas. The last show was a movie, The Birth of A Nation, in 1916. Then it stood empty till the big fire.

Opera Alley, the only thing left of the landmark, still connects through to West First (and now the Forum civic center). The city has plans to make a bit of a museum out of the alley.

But don't you wish we could still see plays and concerts in that magnificent building!

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