Huntington Alert to focus on former opera house

Huntington Alert will have a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Market Street Bar and Grill at 7 p.m.

Kathy Zahm will give the program about the opera house that occupied the second floor above the East Market Street shops.

She and her husband, Larry, own the middle store, which they are in the process of selling.

Zahm has collected newspaper articles and personal recollections of the various acts and music groups that once performed in the opera house space.

The building was erected in the 1880s to serve as an entertainment venue, but was replaced in 1910 by the Huntington Theater as a site for vaudeville acts.

The program will illustrate why the opera house was an important stepping-stone for a variety of performers that stopped there on tour, as well explore possibilities for its revival. It is now in poor condition due to a leaky roof and lack of use.

The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.