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Opera House Tour and Talk in Albemarle

Opera House Tour and Talk


On April 30, 2016 The Friends of the Stanly County Public Library will host a talk by Lewis Bramlett, great-grandson of F. E. Starnes, Sr., one of the original owners of the building where the Opera House is located. His program will cover information about the origin of the Opera House, other occupants of the building, performances that were held during the glory days of the Opera House, and what has happened since the curtain came down for the last time. No program on the Albemarle Opera House would be complete without the mention of the ghosts that some people believe still linger.

Mr. Bramlett’s talk will start at The Gathering, 124 W. Main St. at 2:00 PM and then proceed for a tour of the Opera House located above Starnes Jewelers. Admission is free.

Thursday, June 21st – Albemarle Opera House

The Albemarle Opera House is above Starnes Jewelry Store and Satin and Lace.

At Albemarle City Hall on June 21st, the Historical Society of Stanly County and the Stanly County Museum will present a program on the history of the Albemarle Opera House.

Make Reservations Now

There is no cost for the program, but you are asked to make reservations if you plan to attend. The program will be held in the Community Room of the City Hall. Space is limited. The presentation time is 6:30 pm. Once the program is completed, the Opera House will be open for the attendants to view.

To make reservations please call the Stanly County Museum at 704-986-3777. Or, you can email

About The Program

Lewis Bramlett will present the program. He is the great-grandson of F. E. Starnes, Sr., who was one of the original owners of the Opera House. When Lewis was a teenager he worked at Starnes Jewelry Store.  There he developed a fascination with the Albemarle Opera House. He heard many stories about it from members of his family. He has extensively researched the facility, events that took place there and businesses that occupied other portions of the building. He will share his knowledge on June 21st.

The Opera House is located on West Main Street above Starnes Jewelry Store and the Satin and Lace store. The entrance is located between the two businesses.

Don’t miss it!

Inside the Albemarle Opera House