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by the Methodist Church. The ground floor was later converted into stores. The second and third floors accommodated the church audi­ torium and the gallery. When the building passed out of church hands, it was converted into an opera house.

As an opera house it became known far and wide. Theatrical groups, which were very popular before and for a few years after the turn of the century, engaged the building weeks ahead of a

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performance. These groups came from as far east as Toronto and stopped at leading centres to entertain residents. Old papers tell of different plays being held over due to the large audiences that couldn't be seated in the Pratt Opera House in one evening, even though it was a large building.

Dances were held in this building too, and many people still remember the Pierce orchestra.

PORT AGE AND DISTRICT MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Music Festivals in earlier years were sponsored by the Women's Institute. Some of the ladies who 'were instrumental in making it a success at that time were: the late Mrs. D. Fairbairn, Mrs. Middlemas, Mrs. Guinn and Miss M. Paul.

The Festivals were discontinued in the late '205 and revived by the Beta Sigma Phi thirty years later under the presiding of Mr. C. Rhind.

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