Fort Payne Opera House

510 Gault Ave. N, Fort Payne, Alabama

Built during the industrial boom in 1889.


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The Fort Payne Opera House, located at 510 Gault Avenue North in Fort Payne, DeKalb County in the U.S. state of Alabama built during the industrial boom in 1889. The Fort Payne Opera House is the only one in the State of Alabama still in use. The establishment has been used as a movie theater, live theater and a public forum. The Opera House still hosts live theatrical events and is on the National Register of Historic Places and the National Register of 19th Century Theaters in America. Completely restored, the Opera House is a cultural center of the community.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 28, 1970
Reference number
Areas of significance
Social History; Performing Arts
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Theater; Music facility
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1888; 1889


19th Century (38,027)
Alabama (1,826)
Brick (42,466)
Building (4,437)
Built 1889 (693)
Built during 1880s (6,531)
De Kalb County, Alabama (41)
Fort Payne, Alabama (7)
Have Street View (48,320)

Update Log 

  • May 18, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • May 25, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added description