Popular legend holds that the Marx Brothers discovered their talent for comedy while playing the Old Opera House in 1912.
Old Opera House in "Hail! Hail!"Edit
While on their way to New Orleans by the Sunset Limited train in 1934, the Marx Brothers decided to visit the Old Opera House (the venue where their careers really took off) during an unexpected detour to Nacogdoches. As they approached the Opera House, a storm began. The four brothers were struck by lightning, but they weren't killed. When the lightning had passed, they found that they were no longer standing in downtown Nacogdoches. The buildings, including the Opera House, were all gone.