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.