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The opera house was named for C.J. Rayner --- a descendant of businessman John Rayner, who came to Mason in 1840. C.J.'s opera house seated up to 800 people and opened on January 14, 1881, with the very first performance being the stage version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Various road shows, musicals, stage plays, vaudeville acts, magicians and more came through Mason and appeared at the Rayner.