Cotaco Opera House

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Cotaco Opera House
Cotaco Opera House July 2010 03.jpg
The Cotaco Opera House in July 2010
Location 115 Johnson St. SE, Decatur, Alabama
Coordinates 34°36′10″N 86°59′9″W / 34.60278°N 86.98583°W / 34.60278; -86.98583Coordinates: 34°36′10″N 86°59′9″W / 34.60278°N 86.98583°W / 34.60278; -86.98583
Built 1890
NRHP Reference # 86000914 [1]
Added to NRHP April 29, 1986

The Cotaco Opera House, also known as Masonic Building, was the first opera house constructed in the state of Alabama. It is located at 115 Johnston Street in historic downtown Decatur, Alabama.

In 1889, the city of Decatur was the largest city in North Alabama, out-sizing Huntsville. It had become increasingly apparent that the city was in need of a theater to showcase its fine arts. The Opera House was built on a 100 by 140 foot site that ran south from Johnston Street and fronting on the east side of 1st Avenue. It was built by the Cotaco Opera House Company, which was incorporated on September 16, 1889.[2]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Movie theater info". 2007-01-22.