History of the old Plainfield Opera House

Built after the 1898 fire and recently restored, this is one of the most architecturally significant and prominent buildings in Downtown Plainfield. It is a two-story building occupying two lots built in the Queen Anne Style.
The Opera House occupied the upper floor and attracted performances from Chicago. By 1915, the space was adapted to host both live theater and motion pictures. The movie house was operated by Martin Moran and called the Alamo Theater until 1923. As a promotional stunt, Moran placed a beacon light on the building’s flagpole, reportedly to attract visitors from as far away as Aurora and those driving along the Lincoln Highway. By 1927, the movie house was converted into the Blue Goose Dance Hall, operated by Warren “Bunk” Overman. Overman also ran a grill and later a soda fountain on the first floor during the 1930s and 1940s.

The storefronts were occupied at various times by a department store, Hills Dry Goods & Grocery, Burke’s Drug Store, and Alexander’s Variety Store. Jeremiah Evarts Bank occupied the prime corner storefront from 1899 until it closed in 1913. Since 1917, the corner hosted a succession of eateries: Keeley’s Café and Soda Fountain until 1929, 3 Sisters’ Restaurant, the Esquire Restaurant in the 1940s and ’50s, and Jack Hastert’s Clock Tower Restaurant from 1960 to the late 1990s when it became Cafe Orleans.

Today the beautifully restored building is home to Opera House Steak & Seafood. Immerse yourself in our classic ambiance & suburb cuisine from Executive Chef Nick Dispenza.

Host your next party or event in our Private room or let us cater your event at your home or office.

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