An Opera House postcard

The Opera House in Bellville is easy to find: it is right in the central downtown park area, and serves today as the Village Hall.

Then & Now: Bellville Opera House 1907

Built in 1878 with an auditorium on the top floor, the Opera House saw theatrical productions by traveling troupes, local players, and school plays for more than 50 years before the stage went quiet.

When the noble old playhouse hit 100 years it was given a good scrubbing and renovation, and has enjoyed its second wind as a performance venue.

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.