Redmond Opera House
|Record #39566 |
Closed: December 14, 1948
Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Current Organ: none
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Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.
The Redmond Opera House was built by Julius Christensen in the 1880s, but its original function is unknown. It served as a store for about ten years before being converted into a recreation center about 1910 to 1920. 
On Tuesday afternoon, 14 December 1948, the janitor started a fire in the basement furnace to prepare the building for a basketball practice and a ward drama group. A fire was discovered about 7 p.m. The Salina volunteer fire department had the blaze under control within an hour and a half. The Richfield fire department also responded, but turned back in Salina after hearing they were not needed. The interior of the theater was gutted and the hand-made brick was weakened by the heat. The loss was estimated at more than $10,000. 
1. "Fire Destroys Old Theatre in Redmond", 17 December 1948, Piute County News
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