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The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand "The Official Opera House of Texas." more...

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Island ETC is Galveston's only professional repertory theatre company. Our beautifully restored 190 seat theater is home to 6 main stage productions each year in addition to film screenings. more...


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Galveston's visual and performing arts culture continues to thrive as visitors browse through art galleries during the day before heading out at night to catch their favorite musicals in the heart of Historic Galveston Island.

In fact, arts and entertainment are as much a part of the Island’s history as its port and Victorian architecture. From theater, music and dance, in historic and traditional settings, to reggae, rock, country and the oldies in the city’s nightspots, Galveston sparkles at night.

Postoffice Street Arts & Entertainment District is nestled in the famous Strand National Historic Landmark District, only three short blocks from The Strand. This district is home to quaint galleries that feature various types of art from local, national and internationally recognized artists.

Every six weeks, the art galleries welcome Island visitors and Galvestonians alike into their galleries for ArtWalk; an event that provides visitors with wine and cheese while leading them through the historic streets and into boutiques and galleries.

Heritage Festival Seeking Artifacts to Highlight Galveston's Immigrant History
Galveston residents whose ancestors came from faraway lands and passed through the "Ellis Island of the West" might be interested in digging through their closets and attics to help contribute to the Galveston Historical Foundationís newest event.

Galveston's Fourth of July Parade Promises to Dazzle
To say that Jay Carnes is a parade enthusiast is like saying it gets hot in Texas in the summer time.

Drive-In Movies: Gone But Not Forgotten
Some things are just priceless, like the time my folks took the kids to the Bayou 3 Drive-in Theater on I-45 at FM 1764 in La Marque.

Galveston Events Celebrate Beaches, History, Cuisine
Millions of visitors flock to Galvestonís 32 miles of beaches every summer, but thereís more to celebrate about this island than its sparkling Gulf waters.

The Grand 1894 Opera House presents a year-round performing arts schedule featuring international stars of stage and screen, Broadway musicals, dance, music and comedy productions. Called “one of the finest theaters in the world” by veteran actor Hal Holbrook, The Grand is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated the “official opera house of the State of Texas” by the 73rd legislature. Past performers have included Bill Cosby, Gregory Peck, James Earl Jones, Bernadette Peters, and Willie Nelson. The Grand also presented the world premier production of Red, White and Tuna, as well as Tuna Does Vegas.

Island etc (east-end theater company) strives to present innovative and cutting-edge
productions by both known and new playwrights. The elegant 200-seat theatre is home to plays, musicals, concerts and film festivals year-round.

If it’s a just-released motion picture you would like to see, Premiere Cinema, a multi-screen theater, is conveniently located on Seawall Boulevard at 89th Street.

From Broadway to dance to visual arts, Galveston Island is a art-lover's paradise.

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