Bangor Opera House (1881-1914; 1920-Present)
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The original Bangor Opera House, pictured here, was first built in 1881 by architect Arthur H. Vinal, with the Boston firm of Peabody & Stearns. It was built in the Romanesque Revival style after H. H. Richardson. Frank A. Owen was the manager from at least 1907 to 1913. The playbill's currently in our collection, dated from 1907-1908, are from this earlier venue which was destroyed by fire in 1914. A new Bangor Opera House was built on it's foundation in 1920 and designed by Edward Bolen. For a period it was also twice a movie theater, a church and even a real estate office. The venue was restored by the Penobscot Theatre Company in 2001 as is their primary residence.

In the below production history, the productions listed in bold are in our archive. Those in regular print are mentioned in the programs of those in our archive.

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Opening Play Company
Nov 11, 1908 The Man of the Hour
Nov 9, 1908 The Gingerbread Man
Nov 6, 1908 Sapho
Nov 5, 1908 John Hudson's Wife
Nov 4, 1908 Her Great Match
Nov 3, 1908 Mrs. Dane's Defense
Nov 2, 1908 The Man on the Box
Oct 1, 1908 Sky Farm
Sep 26, 1908 The Wife Stealer
Sep 26, 1908 Jane and Her Teddy Bears
Sep 25, 1908 The Man Hunt
Sep 24, 1908 Divorcons
Sep 23, 1908 A Modern Day Godiva
Sep 23, 1908 The Days of '61
Sep 22, 1908 Why Men Tempt Women
Sep 22, 1908 The Country Chairman
Sep 21, 1908 The Haines-Annis Tragedy
Aug 29, 1908 When the Bell Tolls
Aug 28, 1908 The Girl of the Sunny South
Aug 27, 1908 The Girl of the Emerald Isle
Apr 25, 1908 By Right of Sword
Apr 24, 1908 The Eternal City
Apr 23, 1908 The Christian
Feb 15, 1908 Convict 999
Feb 14, 1908 Idaho
Feb 13, 1908 Man From the West
Feb 12, 1908 The Galley Slave
Feb 11, 1908 A Soldier of France
Feb 11, 1908 Fortune's Fool
Feb 10, 1908 Fortune's Fool
Dec 21, 1907 The Two Orphans
Dec 20, 1907 Sapho
Dec 19, 1907 Quo Vadis
Dec 18, 1907 The Kreutzer Sonata
Dec 17, 1907 Janice Meredith
Dec 16, 1907 The Daughters of Men
Nov 2, 1907 A Struggle for Life
Nov 2, 1907 The Life Savers
Nov 1, 1907 When the Bell Tolls
Nov 1, 1907 By the King's Command
Oct 31, 1907 The Governor's Wife
Oct 30, 1907 Faust
Oct 29, 1907 A Cowboy's Romance
Oct 28, 1907 Hands Across the Sea
Sep 24, 1907 The Earl and the Girl
Sep 21, 1907 The Mayor of Laughland
Sep 20, 1907 Coming Through the Rye
Sep 17, 1907 The Time, The Place, and The Girl
Sep 16, 1907 The Lady from Laramie
Sep 14, 1907 The Wayward Son
Sep 13, 1907 An Automobile Courtship
Sep 13, 1907 A Yankee Girl Abroad
Sep 12, 1907 The Great Delmar Handicap
Sep 11, 1907 The College Girl
Sep 10, 1907 A Texas Ranger
Sep 10, 1907 The Lady from Laramie
Sep 9, 1907 A Yankee Girl Abroad
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