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Unique Theater (Salida Opera House)

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Salida Opera House
1889. 129 W. 1st St. (Colorado 291)

Window trim still shadows this stuccoed facade, which hides the once grandiose arched entrance and third-story stained glass windows of the opera house. The second story had fanlighted windows in the central and side bays. The massive, metal-bracketed cornice with a raised central pediment remains a reminder of the elegant detailing smothered under stucco. After the original wooden opera house burned in 1888, townsfolk subscribed $30,000 for this proof of Salida's sophistication. It has been converted to a movie house with a typical marquee on a facade begging for restoration.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Unique Theater (Salida Opera House)", [Salida, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-CF07.

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