In the dreary winter of early 1905, the entertainment scene in Lodi brightened when the majestic Opera House opened its doors.
From the 1870s to 1905, Lodi's entertainment stages were limited to the inside of canvas tents and later to a few halls that occupied the second-story floors above Downtown shops. Traveling entertainers performed at Stoddard's Hall mostly in the 1880s and then Smith's Hall later in the 1890s. The traveling shows including plays, musicians, jugglers and orators of topics like temperance and Indian rights. Local entertainers also performed in the halls for Lodians eager for entertainment and culture in the pioneer days before motion pictures, radio and television.