Visit the historic King Opera House and view a short film about its history. (The 20 minute film is shown continuously from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.) Free admission.
At the close of the 19th century, Colonel H.P. King realizes his dream of building a fashionable Opera House in Van Buren. The venue quickly becomes the crown jewel of Main Street, attracting traveling shows and theatrical productions of every description. The Opera House survives decades of change, is damaged by fire, and eventually becomes the town’s first movie theatre, before falling again into disrepair. Even after being lovingly restored to its former Victorian glory, local legend persists of a spirit that haunts the Opera House. Based on historical facts surrounding the tale, we follow the story of a local actor who falls in love with the daughter one of Van Buren’s prominent citizens. How far will Dr. Parchman will go to keep his daughter from scandal? The intrigue unfolds as we step inside the Opera House, relive it’s Opening Night performance, and learn of its fascinating place in our city’s history.
In 2015 the film received two 39th Annual Mid-America Emmy Awards for achievement in directing and best short format program.
The film will not be shown when the King Opera House has private bookings. Please call to verify specific dates.