"Like every other small town of any size, Hartford had a hall known as the opera house. This was a misnomer, for I doubt that anything faintly resembling opera was ever performed on its stage. In fact, it was years later before I had any idea what an opera was, and I am sure most Hartfordites were no better informed. Mostly these opera houses were used for theatrical performances of one sort or another, though, as will become evident, they also served other purposes. They were not called theaters because so many of the church people were of the opinion that theaters were wicked. Besides, "opera house" sounded rather more grand."
- from page 111 of Willis Frederick Dunbar's "How It Was In Hartford: An affectionate account of a Michigan small town in the early years of the twentieth century." William B. Eerdmans Grand Rapids, 1968.