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Photo of the newly renovated Newberry Opera House
最近重建完成的纽贝里歌剧院

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纽贝里歌剧院
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您会怎么处理一栋曾设有牢房、消防局及其他东西的建筑物?

1882年,新建好的纽贝里歌剧院共分为二层楼,一楼内有两家商店、一个消防局、一间市政厅、一间职员办公室及一间警察局。而它的二楼则是表演厅及舞台。纽约的许多巡回剧团、艺人及形形色色的演出、知名的声乐家及演讲者、魔术师、新奇的表演及拳撃展览会都曾出现在这个舞台上,这边也曾举办过会议、舞蹈大会、学院毕业典礼及音乐会。1900年代早期,它特别受到大众的青睐,因为此处负责放映无声电影。慢慢地,电影渐渐替换了舞台秀。到了1920年代时,它被重新改建成电影院。直到1952年,这栋建筑物一直是座电影院。

电影院于1952年关闭后,有些人认为应该将这栋建筑物拆毁,但其他人则相信这是一栋重要的历史建筑。到后来,支持者终于胜出,1970年时,这间歌剧院终于被列入史迹地点国家注册处。1990年时,市政府放弃了它位于一楼的办公处,因而使得整栋建筑物的重建计画得以开工,它又回复到它最原本的用途:歌剧院及社区艺术中心。

现在,这间剧院内有427个座位(全是仿造过去的样子重制)、一个舞台及一个呈马蹄形的阳台自重新开幕以来,纽贝里歌剧院已经上演过歌剧、音乐会、爵士乐演奏会、声乐节目及其他的表演项目。


What can you do with a building that used to contain, among other things, jail cells and a fire station?

In 1882, the newly built Newberry Opera House housed, on the first floor, two stores, a fire station, a city council chamber, a clerk's office, and a police station. The second floor held a performance hall and stage. Touring companies of New York plays, minstrel and variety shows, famed vocalists and lecturers, magicians, novelty acts and boxing exhibitions appeared on its stage. Meetings, dances, college commencement exercises, and musicals were also held there. In the early 1900s it became especially popular because silent "moving pictures" were shown there. Slowly moving pictures replaced stage shows and in the 1920s the floor was remodeled as a movie theater. The building functioned as a movie theater until 1952.

After the movie theater closed in 1952, some people thought the building should be torn down, while others believed it was an important historical building. Eventually the supporters won and in 1970 the Opera House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1990s the city government gave up its space on the first floor, making it possible for the entire building to be renovated and returned to its original use as an opera house and community arts center.

The theater now has 427 theater seats that are historic reproductions, a stage, and a horseshoe-shaped balcony. Since its reopening, performances at the Newberry Opera House have included operas, musicals, jazz concerts, vocal and other performances.

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