Cotaco Opera House
Also known as: Masonic Building115 Johnson St. SE, Decatur, Alabama
The first opera house constructed in the state of Alabama
Overview Looking Southeast
"Cotaco" was the name of the county before being changed to Morgan County.
Photo taken by J.R. Manning November 2018
+34.60281, -86.9859434°36'10" N, 86°59'09" W
The Cotaco Opera House was the first opera house constructed in the state of Alabama. It is located at 115 Johnston Street in historic downtown Decatur, Alabama.
In 1889, the city of Decatur was the largest city in North Alabama, out-sizing Huntsville. It had become increasingly apparent that the city was in need of a theater to showcase its fine arts. The Opera House was built on a 100 by 140 foot site that ran south from Johnston Street and fronting on the east side of 1st Avenue. It was built by the Cotaco Opera House Company, which was incorporated on September 16, 1889.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 29, 1986
- Reference number
- Area of significance
- Social History
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- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event
- Property type
- Historic functions
- Theater; Auditorium
- Period of significance
- Significant year
- December 16, 2018: New photos from J.R. Manning
- May 26, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added description