SITE OF

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Site
Location
119 Peterboro St., Canastota, NY
Lat/Long
43.07974, -75.751116
Grant Recipient
Village of Canastota
Historic Marker

SITE OF

Inscription

SITE OF
BRUCE OPERA HOUSE 1888-1909
THIS CULTURAL HUB SEATED
802 PATRONS & SHOWED MOVIES
PROJECTED BY THE BIOGRAPH,
A CANASTOTA INVENTION
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2016

With its proximity to the Erie Canal and Railroad, the village of Canastota enjoyed several years of prosperity and growth. At this site from 1888-1909 stood the Bruce Opera House. This place was cultural hub, capable of seating 802 patrons. Over the years it hosted numerous performances, guest speakers and even showed movies projected by the biograph, a first generation movie projector and Canastota invention. The Bruce Opera House was razed by fire in 1909.