What do Eddie Foy, Ethel and John Barrymore, Sara Bernhardt, George M. Cohan, Teddy Roosevelt and Edward G. Robinson's first professional stage performance have in common?
Answer: this building in downtown Binghamton, New York.
This is the Stone Opera House on Chenango Street. It was a grand old opera house once, but it's flag waving days are long over. It's over 120 years old, and sits, neglected and possibly close to its final days. It's the shame of Binghamton.
In the 1930's it became the Riviera Theatre, and closed for good in 1973. Now it sits, rotting and boarded up.
This is what it looked like once.
Actually, there are abandoned theaters all over this country. Can we ever hope for someone to rescue this building and do something for it? As of today, to the best of my knowledge - nothing has happened.
Sometimes, I wish I was very rich....