By Kerrin Brinkman | July 22 2009 14:31

During the National Matches, Camp Perry's Hough Theatre is used for awards ceremonies and special events. Built in 1937, Hough Theatre seats nearly 850 people and still contains many of its original elements including artwork, curtain pulleys, and rows of seating. It may be home to awards ceremonies today, but during World War II, Hough Theatre was the place to be at Camp Perry.

Soldiers stationed at Camp Perry during World War II would flock to the Hough Theatre during their free time for special shows and performances from some of the top entertainers of that time. The United Service Organization (USO) would bring shows and performers including Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, and Marsha Hunt. In June of 1943, Bob Hope and his entourage broadcast live from Hough Theatre in front of hundreds of troops.

In addition to hosting celebrities, Hough Theatre was also a place for soldiers to enjoy movies, concerts, and shows from local performers. Today the Hough Theatre is used to honor some of the top competitive shooters in the world, but over 70 years ago, it was used to honor and entertain the men and women supporting the war effort.


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