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Grand Opera House
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created by CopySix on 10/3/2006 6:55 PM
last modified by CopySix on 3/15/2007 12:53 AM
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Single storey masonry building. Fine architectural details. Last used as a night club.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished - late fall of 2006
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
23 Collier Street
Barrie, Ontario
Owner: City of Barrie
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    Not many features are left to remind one of the former Opera - foremost of which is the missing second floor. Ground floor is arranged into a typical bar / dance floor setting. The choice of colours is engaging. From the basement, one may see what 110-year old foundations look like. The basement was home to Miss Cali's Dungeon for the S&M crowd.

    Rescue Mediums Jackie and Christine (TV Show - recently filmed an episode at this supposedly HAUNTED building on Thursday September 21, 2006.
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1896
    Closed: 2006
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    Barrie's Grand Opera House was financed by Sydney James Sanford, entrepreneur and Simcoe County Treasurer in 1896.

    Soon after the completion of the Grand Opera House the County was short of two items: Mr. Sanford (missing), and $62,857.02 (also missing) from public accounts.

    Apparently Mr. Sanford, on the lam from Johnny Law, fled to South America where he built a fortune from mining investments and eventually paid off his debts in full.

    The very first silent movie to be shown in Barrie was presented at the Grand Opera House in 1905. The Grand Opera House soon offered nightly showings at five cents for children and 10 cents for adults.

    Fire claimed the second storey of this beautiful building and the property phased through to decline and several owners.

    It was lastly Club C'est La Vie, Barrie's only alternative-lifestyle club. The City handed the owner an expropriation notice March 30, 2006. Some people rumour that the mayor (somewhat conservative and also an owner of several nearby bars) won't be sad to see any competition leave.
     Media Coverage
    Not much coverage - with the exception of City of Barrie Council Meeting minutes. Some notes on gay-freindly club sites.

     Future Plans
    The owner of the building and C'est La Vie, Carl Hauck, received an expropriation notice March 30, 2006 from the City of Barrie.

    Collier Street Development Corporation (Parallax Investment Group) is planning a $6.8-million parking garage, which will feature 30,000 square feet of prestige office space.

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    Barrie Opera House - Lucky Scout
    Tue, Oct 3rd, 2006
    posted by CopySix
    16 pictures
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    Barrie Opera House Historical
    Thu, Mar 15th, 2007
    posted by CopySix
    1 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/15/2007 2:05 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 15 07 at 2:05, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 15 07 at 0:53, CopySix changed the following: Status
  • on Mar 15 07 at 0:51, CopySix made this location public
  • on Mar 15 07 at 0:50, CopySix updated gallery picture Barrie Opera House
  • on Mar 15 07 at 0:47, CopySix added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Mar 15 07 at 0:47, CopySix created a new gallery
  • on Oct 4 06 at 2:33, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 3 06 at 22:34, CopySix made this location available
  • on Oct 3 06 at 22:33, CopySix swapped pictures 7 and 9
  • on Oct 3 06 at 22:33, CopySix swapped pictures 9 and 10
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