Phelps Opera House Program
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Brief Description:

Phelps Opera House Program, 2006-36-0, is a four-sided printed program for the "Grand Minstrel Show by the Mozart Socal Club" on Friday Debruary 4, 1898.  The program includes the musical and comedy numbers that would be performed and  a listing of the performers.  All four-sides of the program include advertisements from Litchfield businesses, primarily those located on the Phelps Block and West Street.

The Phelps Opera House was located on the site of Catlin's Tavern in a newly built brick building that Eugene L. Phelps, merchant and real estate investor had built following the fire of 1886, which destroyed much of the business district.  The three-story building had stores on the first floor, offices on the second floor and the Opera House was located on the third floor.  According to Julius Cahn's "Official Theatrical Guide" (1909) the Phelps Opera House had seating for 600, gas and electric lighting, a stage with a center trap door, and a stage measuring 24' wide by 15' high and 24' deep.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Record Series Number: 00/2005-36-0
Volume: 1.0 Items
Acquired: 11/16/2005.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Arthur Stowe  Gift
PreferredCitation: <span id="curobjectname">Phelps Opera House Program, (2005-36-0), </span>Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.