Historic Markers Across Georgia

Early Theaters (Side 2)

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: 828 Broadway, Columbus, GA.
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 27.693    W 084° 59.581
  32.461550    -84.993017
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3ZP2
Early Theaters (Side 2)  Marker  


The Springer Opera House, 1871, was the sixth legitimate theater in downtown Columbus. Previous were the Sol Smith, Crawford Street, Lyceum, Concert Hall and Temperance Hall. The early theatrical circuit followed the Old Federal Road through Columbus, as did many well known personalities like English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray and Swedish violinist Ole Bull. During an 1850 visit here by the Canning Company, its manager accidentally wounded John Wilkes Booth, an actor more notorious for assassinating President Abraham Lincoln at Washington´s Ford Theater than praised for his histrionics.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc., 2002


SIDE 1: Columbus' First Theater