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Opera house reborn after it closed down 40 years ago

In its heyday, the Lakeport Opera House in Laconia served as a performance venue, dance hall, even a speakeasy. It closed around 1960 and was boarded up. Now, the nearly 140-year-old building is reopening after extensive renovations. The first live performance is scheduled for Saturday night. More than $1 million was invested into renovating the former Moore’s Opera House over the last three years. Some things could be saved, such as the tin roof, wood floors, bannisters, stage and curtains, and posters of old performances. In addition to live performances, there are plans to hold weddings and other events, and show movies, football games, and children’s performances.

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