Corning Opera House

Corning Opera House

Period architectural photograph of the Corning Opera House, apparently taken from across Pine Street.

Postcard View of Corning Opera House

Postcard View of Corning Opera House

Colored picture-postcard view of the Corning Opera House, date unknown.

Corning Opera House Location

Corning Opera House Location

This 1930 fire insurance map shows the location and approximate layout of the Corning Opera House (red arrow). The alleyway to the left of the Opera House, at one point marked "65" on the map, is Cintra Lane; the alley remains today. The wide thoroughfare well to the right of the Opera House is the double-track right-of-way of the Erie Railroad; today that route is occupied by Denison Parkway. Image courtesy of Hex Kleinmartin.

Opera House Site

Opera House Site

The Corning Opera House site is now a parking lot. From 1955 until its unknown demolition date, the site was occupied by the Opera House's immediate successor, a Woolworth's five-and-dime store.

Looking toward Gaffer District

Looking toward Gaffer District

This image looks north down the length of the present-day parking lot. In the background, across from Denison Parkway (the former Erie Railroad right-of-way, here concealed behind hedges) are buildings of downtown Corning's tourism-focused Gaffer District. At left, rising above the rear of a facing low brick building can be seen the upper stories of the former Baron Steuben Hotel, now a welcome center and office building. At right, the gray concrete building with blue awnings is the Corningware Outlet, a downtown landmark.

Across Pine Street

Across Pine Street

Looking across Pine Street from the Opera House site is a nineteenth-century building the design of which suggests that it, too, might have housed an auditorium on its second or third floor. If there was another opera house directly across from the Corning Opera House, Freethought Trail research has not yet found a record of it.

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