Nina McIntire at the Historic Homestake Opera House - Ivory Fantasy




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Published on Jan 24, 2014

Nina McIntire performs her composition "A December Snow Delight" at the Historic Homestake Opera House, Lead, USA. This video is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Lead Opera House.
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This video is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Lead Opera House.
The Homestake Opera House and Recreation Center opened its doors on August 31, 1914. The building offered Lead's residents a grand theatre, a bowling alley, an indoor swimming pool, a library, social rooms and a billiard hall. Except for theatre performances, everything was free to the public.
During the early years, the Opera House stage hosted touring opera singers, vaudeville acts, stage plays and athletic events. Some 20,000 people per month attended performances in the theater, the Lead Daily Call reported in 1921. About 2,000 people per month swam in the heated swimming pool, and 3,000 per month used the six-lane bowling alley.
The opera house became a showplace for the modern technology of the times. In 1929, a Wurlitzer pipe organ was installed to accompany moving pictures. In 1930, the Homestake Opera House showed its first talking pictures. In 1935, air conditioning was installed.
Over the years, the Opera House became a familiar friend to the residents of Lead and the northern Black Hills. Local residents remember their first dates, first stage plays, first movies and first swimming lessons at the venerable facility.
A fierce fire in 1984 destroyed most of the facility.
Some month later the residents of Lead voted to restore the Opera House to its 1914 grandeur. There was hope for a new Homestake Opera House, but the road back from near-destruction would be a long one ...


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