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Cottrill Opera House, Thomas, West Virginia

Cottrill Opera House, Thomas, West Virginia

The Cottrill Opera House in Thomas, West Virginia, designed in 1902 by Holmboe and Lafferty. In 1940, the top of the facade damaged and stuccoed afterwards.

Hiram Cottrill, a proprietor, came to Thomas in 1887 and was a mine superintendent at the Davis Coal & Coke Company before launching a career as an impresario. The theater closed in the 1970s and is being restored today.

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