The Huber Theater
Many inquires have been received concerning the Huber Theater, now Tremors. This partial article was published at the time of the buildings completion. It was regarded as one of the area’s grandest buildings
By the greatest possible exertion was the new opera house ready for the grand opening this evening. The great experience of Mr. Huber, who has been present for a number of days, alone making it possible to open the house at the designated time. Painters, carpenters and drapers were busy until the very last moments. To say their work has been well done would but feebly express it. Mr. George Huber, the builder, ably seconded by the large staff of men who worked on the building, have given our little city the most perfectly beautiful house for public amusement in Northwestern Ohio. Language is inadequate to describe the structure as it fully deserves.
Being on the ground floor, the exterior is not so pretentious as some that have business houses under them. But this very fact but adds to the building for a public play house.
On entering the large and spacious lobby you are at once struck with the artistic and expensive finish and design of the floors which are laid in tile. The box office is also a model of its kind, being built with an eye to business and tone.
You now enter the great doors that lead to the audience room. At once the sight dazzles your eyes, that our modest little city should have so beautiful a house seems incredible. No expense has been spared, all that skill and the lavish use of money could do has been done to beautify and make perfect the fine structure.
The floors pass away in a gentle slope to the large stage, the view from all points is pleasing and grand. The ceilings are done in a delicate cream tinted terra cotta, the side walls being in two lovely shades of the same.
The ceiling decorations are tastefully done in gold and blue, while the hangings are of the same shades. Dados are in plastico, and posts in bright silver aluminum and dainty terra cotta.
Huber Opera Block, which later housed the Huber Theatre, once hosted many notable theatrical performers of the late 1800′s
The stage front is in solid antique oak making a striking and catchy contrast to the lighter and more delicate walls and ceilings. The seats – of which there are nine hundred and fifty, are of rich cherry, handsomely upholstered in olive-green mohair plush.
The stage fittings are on as grand and substantial plans as all other things about the house, each piece of scenery is by master hands, the drop curtain alone being undoubtedly the finest thing of it’s kind ever seen by our people, or of this part of the great state of Ohio. The stage is fitted with hoists as in all modern houses in large cities.
The carpeting is of the kind especially adapted for stage use, being reversible. The boxes are carpeted in velvet plush of great expense, the dressing rooms and roomy isles having the same materials. A matter of special pride in this last is the fact our own firm of Boon & Bevington supplied these fine goods.
The boxes are draped in expensive portiers, designed and made especially for this house, being of rich and costly material. In speaking of the arrangements of the house for the convenience and health of the audiences. Large and roomy cloak and ladies and children’s toilet rooms have been provided for, while the heating and ventilating of the large house has received the attentions of experts in that line. Two four ton Smead heaters have been provided thus guaranteeing the perfect heating of the room while at the same the air is completely renewed each thirty minutes.
The balcony is finished in and follows the same features of other parts of the house described above.
The house is lighted with ten arc lights, with fifty for use in dressing rooms, offices, and cloak room.
Clemmer & Johnson, the contractors who built the house, are Hicksville men, and it is a fact pleasing to our little city that we have so able and hustling thoroughness of the work will be a lasting recommendation for them and all builders.
W.O. Hughes & Co. one of our large and enterprising firms furnished the stage settings. Miss Pearl Ryan designed and made the portiers and drapings. J.C. Ryan, one of our city attorneys, deserves great credit for the active part he has taken, as Mr. Huber’s agent in the building and multitudinous.