Fire Struck the Turner Opera House. Arson was suspected of having caused an all-consuming fire May 16, 1869, which destroyed the Theatre at a loss of 500,000(Wikipedia). The theater was not the only building damaged by this fire. The fire damaged some of the surrounding buildings. The fire of 1869 was one of the worst fires Dayton has ever seen. The original five story building was reduced to three after it was damaged by fire in 1869(Oldest Theater). The job of rebuilding took two years and it reopened on 1871 as the Music Hall (Lois).
Over the course of 146 years the Victoria Theater as it is known as today has had many different names. Rebuilt in 1871 as Music Hall, by 1885 it had become known as the Grand Opera House (Watson). It later became the Victoria Opera House, and was renamed the Victoria Theatre in 1901 (Watson). In the year 1919 it was re-opened as the Victory theatre after yet another fire struck. “The Victory Theatre”- a name commemorating the American war effort and its result (Wikipedia). The building was sold to the Arts Center foundation in 1990. For the last time the Theater changes its name...
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