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    National Historical Park Michigan

Calumet Theatre

Looking down on the stage of the Calumet Theatre.
Looking down on the stage of the historic Calumet Theatre.
NPS Photo, Dan Johnson.
 

By 1898, the Village of Red Jacket (now Calumet) had a sizeable surplus in its treasury. Local leaders decided to expand the town hall with the addition of a 1,200 seat opera house. The theater opened on March 20, 1900, with a touring Broadway production of Reginald DeKoven’s The Highwaymen. Over the years, numerous well-known performers made their way to Red Jacket, including John Phillip Sousa, Sarah Bernhardt, Jason Robards, Sr. and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. The historic opera house gives us a glimpse into the lives of the village's residents; as everyone from miners to company presidents attended perfomances here.

Now known at the Calumet Theatre, it is one of the nation's oldest municipally-built theaters and still offers a variety of performances including musicals, concerts plays and film series. This Keweenaw Heritage Site offers guided tours in the summer and self-guided tours other times of the year.
Location: 340 Sixth Street, Calumet, Michigan
Phone: (906) 337-2610.
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Did You Know?

A piece of float copper sets on exhibit near the Calumet & Hecla general offices.

The largest known quantities in the world of pure, native copper were found on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. In some cases, the deposits were up to 97% pure, requiring little chemical processing to produce ingots of pure copper.