Soon after Lyman Wheeler passed away in 1866, there was a general agreement among his heirs to build an Opera House at the NW corner of Monroe and St Clair street, the property owned by the family since 1836. The Wheeler Opera house opened on December 15, 1871, with Parepa Rosa’s English Opera Company in "Bohemian Girl" and "Martha". There was a four-hour lineup at the box office, and by noon two-thirds of the tickets for both performances had been sold.

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