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Grand 1894 Opera House

The Grand 1894 Opera House
Grand 1894 Opera House is located in Texas
Location 2012--2020 Ave. E, Galveston, Texas
Built 1895
Architect Cox,Frank
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 74002071[1]

The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas is currently operated as a not-for-profit performing arts theatre. The Romanesque Revival style Opera House is located at 2020 Post Office Street in Galveston's Historic Downtown Cultural Arts District. It was named "The Official Opera House of Texas" in 1993 by the 73rd Texas Legislature.[2]


  • History 1
  • Notable Performers 2
  • Architecture 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


In 1894, Henry Greenwall raised $100,000 for construction of The Grand Opera House and Hotel in

  • The Grand 1894 Opera House
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External links

  • Galveston County Cultural Arts Council, comp. Galveston Arts! Presents Live Onstage At The 1894 Grand Opera House. N.p.: n.p., 1984. Print.
  • Patton, Maureen. "The Grand 1894 Opera House." Telephone interview. 29 Jan. 2015.
  • Card, Terry. "The Grand 1894 Opera House: A History Full of Surprises." Island Guide Magazine. N.p., 13 Jan. 2015. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • Evans, Everett. "Hal Holbrook's Twain Improves with Age." Houston Chronicle. Hearst Newspapers, LLC., 20 Feb. 2015. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • Sheward, David. "Holland Taylor's 'Ann' Extends Run to September - April 1, 2013 -", 01 Apr. 2013. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • BWW Special Coverage. "BWW Flashback: ANN, Starring Holland Taylor, Closes on Broadway Today." Wisdom Digital Media, 30 June 2013. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • Stewart, Zachary. "Holland Taylor on Ann Richards, Moose Murders, and Tom Hanks." Theater Mania., Inc., 21 Feb. 2013. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • Faires, Robert. "Ann, Taylor-made." The Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle Corp., 29 Apr. 2011. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • Schwartz, Eileen. "Straight Talk." Texas Monthly. Emmis Publishing, L.P., Sept. 2002. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • Wardlaw, Molly. "Downtown Galveston." Texas Monthly. Emmis Publishing, L.P., June 2008. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • Szatmary, Peter. "Maureen McGovern Returns to Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House, May 2." Playbill. Playbill, Inc., 30 Apr. 1998. Web. 22 June 2015. .
  • Wood, Roger. "Grand by Design." Texas Highways. Texas Department of Transportation, Mar. 2015. Web. 22 June 2015. .


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
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The front wall of the building is made of red stone, brick, and terra cotta; the large, glass doors are framed by a carved, Romanesque style stone arch. Inside, the glass box office sits in between the two sets of doors. The carpet is a historic pattern of colors found in the decorative curtain and stenciling of roses and scrolls on the ceiling and boxes. The floors are marble tile, and the walls are wainscot. The banisters and railings are of long leaf red-heart pine, like the wainscot. A large, bronze statue of a woman holding a torch stands on the newel post on The Grand staircase. Inside the theater auditorium, red, velvet curtains frame the stage and eight opera boxes. Blue velour lines the chairs. The stage curtain (originally painted by architect Frank Cox) is a replication of the original, depicting “Sappho and Companions”.

The Grand has been through natural disasters, such as fires and hurricanes, as well as neglect during its time as a movie house. It has been rebuilt and remodeled more than once, such as during the devastating Galveston Hurricane of 1900, when its rear wall and roof caved in.

"When it opened in 1895, the 70' x 37' x 69' stage was THE LARGEST IN THE STATE OF TEXAS and one of the largest in the country... Even today, a stage whisper can be heard without a microphone, and no seat is more than 70 feet from the stage."


The Grand also has been the presenter of several premieres: Red White & Tuna and Tuna Does Vegas, two of four comedic plays written and performed by Greater Tuna creators, Jaston Williams and Joe Sears; and ANN, a one-woman play about the life of Texas Governor Ann Richards, written and performed by Holland Taylor.

Notable Performers
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