Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tidbits About Green's Opera House in Woodbury, N.J.

I stumbled onto these tidbits after noticing a picture of an Opera House in New York, not the Met but another and discovered what has been referred to as Green's block because it took up an entire city block in Woodbury, NJ.

•Built in 1880 by Col. George Gill Green (patent medicine entrepreneur who earned his money by mass marketing 'medicine')
•It takes up a whole city block located on E. Centre and Broad Streets and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 25, 2001. The building, after its heyday as an opera house and theatre, was home to various retail firms.
•Location on Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ

WOODBURY, 3,000. R. R., West Jersey; Delaware River. Green’s Opera House, Geo. H. Barker, manager; seating capacity, 800; rental, one night $25, three $60; license included. Size of stage, 18x22; depth under stage, 3%; traps, 7; number sets scenery, 8; bill poster, Ben Dilks; rates per sheet, 30.; theatrical teamster, Ben Dilka. Newspapers: Constitution (Tu.), Democrat (Wed.), Liberal Press (Fri.) .....Hotels: Paul‘s, special rates, $2; Newton‘s, special rates, $2; Green Castle, special rates, $1.
Source: Harry Miner's American Dramatic Directory for the Season of 1884-85 ©1884

Today the building has been restored and is now used for Senior Housing and other community activities. You can read more about it with this link.
From Opera House to Senior Housing

•Oddly enough an earthquake was the catalyst to restore the building.

And finally here is a picture of Col. George Gill Green.

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1 comment:

  1. Old opera houses are fascinating. We enjoyed and frequented performances at the Granbury Opera House when we lived in Fort Worth. Thanks for the tidbit about Green's.