Center for the Arts
Opera House built in 1868 on the historic square in Pulaski, Tennessee
Antoinette Hall, also known as the Pulaski Opera House, was a performance venue that operated in Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn., U.S., from its opening on Dec. 25, 1868, until it closed in the late 1930s. The building, is located on the east side of the public square facing the Giles County Courthouse and is a contributing structure to the Pulaski Courthouse Square Historic District, which was placed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior in 1985.
The two-story Second Empire exterior of Antoinette Hall has been altered substantially from its original grandeur and is in need of extensive stabilization and restoration. The Opera House’s Mansard roof that rises above the roofline of other commercial buildings on the public square creates a the illusion of a three-story building. However, the roof once enclosed an ornate performance hall replete with lavish wall coverings and fixtures. It offered perfect acoustics for patrons seated in the balcony or on the main floor.
Antoinette Hall (above) was photographed from the balcony by Nashville Channel 5 in 2015 for a news feature. Singer Eric Paslay's video, "She Don't Love You," used special effects to "restore" the interior at the end of the video (below). Unfortunately, it is not restored, though this video illustrates what could be done to save and showcase the beautiful architecture.
Early 1900s (above) and present day (below) view of Pulaski's east side courthouse square.
The millinery shop operated out of the first floor of Antoinette Hall from the late 1800s through around 1909.