Grand 1894 Opera House

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Grand Opera House
Galveston Grand Opera House.jpg
Grand 1894 Opera House is located in Texas
Grand 1894 Opera House
Location 2012--2020 Ave. E, Galveston, Texas
Coordinates 29°18′19″N 94°47′27″W / 29.30528°N 94.79083°W / 29.30528; -94.79083Coordinates: 29°18′19″N 94°47′27″W / 29.30528°N 94.79083°W / 29.30528; -94.79083
Built 1895
Architect Cox,Frank; Barnes & Palliser
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 74002071[1]
Added to NRHP January 2, 1974

The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas is a historic theater currently operated as a not-for-profit performing arts theater. The Romanesque Revival style Opera House is located at 2020 Post Office Street in Galveston's Strand District.


In 1894, Henry Greenwall raised $100,000 for construction of an opera house in Galveston. The opera house has stood through notable hurricanes, including the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. For much of the 20th century, it was used as a movie theater. The opera house underwent a major restoration between 1974 and 1990, after years of neglect. The restoration included volunteer efforts and support from the state of Texas.[2]

The opera house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as "Grand Opera House" in 1974.[1]

The opera house suffered major damage and flooding during Hurricane Ike in 2008, but was restored.

Rumors abound of hauntings and other ghostly activity.


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