Springer Opera House

Springer Opera House (HMVNC)

Location: Columbus, GA 31901 Muscogee County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 27.892', W 84° 59.491'

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Theater in Columbus found its finest home on February 27, 1871, when Francis Joseph Springer, originally of Alsace, opened his opera house. The Springer's forty-foot deep stage held a continuous round of shows of every description.

Here Edwin Booth played Hamlet, February 15, 1876, on his first Southern tour after the War. "Blind Tom" Bethune, the Negro musical prodigy born near Columbus, performed here often. Oscar Wilde and Williams Jennings Bryan lectured here; John L. Sullivan, the world champion gave a boxing exhibition, and Mrs. John Drew, grandmother of the Barrymores, starred in She Stoops to Conquer. Here, in 1928, Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a "Happy Warrior" speech in behalf of presidential nominee, Al Smith.

In 1902 the Springer sons completely renovated their opera house. From that time until it became a movie house in 1941, the Springer continued to be the city's cultural center.

In 1959 the Springer closed and in the Spring of 1964, The Columbus Little Theater Opera House Trustees was formed to prevent its destruction. On October 6, 1965, The Little Theater's musical production of St. Elmo, based upon the Victorian novel by Columbus-born author, Augusta Evans Wilson, was presented amidst the Springer's restored Victorian splendor.

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HM NumberHMVNC
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number106-31
Year Placed1966
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 9:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 688765 N 3593740
Decimal Degrees32.46486667, -84.99151667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.892', W 84° 59.491'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 53.52" N, 84° 59' 29.46" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 E 10th St, Columbus GA 31901, US
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