August 8, 2022

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Make Somone Happy

A 127-12 months-previous Aroostook County opera house is currently being restored

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ISLAND FALLS, Maine — The new owner of a 127-year-old opera residence in Island Falls options to restore the making that was central to townspeople for so lots of a long time to a very important local community space.

The southern Aroostook city of Island Falls was when a lively group with lots of employment as individuals labored in tanneries and the close by factory for the Nationwide Starch and Chemical Corporation. It also boasted the Island Falls Opera House, initially developed in 1894 to element reside theatrical performances, just before switching to silent and ultimately seem films in the early 20th century. The starch manufacturing unit and tanneries are absent, and the opera residence closed in the 1960s, mirroring the financial drop of the city. But the opera household has a likelihood at revival.

Chris Hartin, operator of Hartin’s Home Consolation Answers in Island Falls, has obtained the building, and hopes to restore it to its previous stature — as a place for townspeople to acquire and to hold cultural activities that could catch the attention of people from other locations.