The Grand has a very special place in the history of our community and in the lives of many of our residents. It survived the storms of 1900 and 1915, and Hurricanes Carla, Alicia, and Ike - as well as years of neglect at various times throughout its history. Of these events, the greatest threat to its survival was the 1900 storm, and it remains a testament to the determination of the people of Galveston that The Grand was quickly repaired and reopened.
The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As further recognition of its importance to the citizens of Texas, in 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand "The Official Opera House of Texas."
Galvestonians exhibited great vision in 1894 when they undertook to support the arts in Galveston by construction of The Grand. A later generation of Galvestonians renewed that commitment with equal vision when they undertook to save and restore The Grand in 1974.
In 1894, Henry Greenwall raised the needed funds of $100,000 for construction with substantial commitments from a handful of prominent businessmen and civic-minded Galvestonians. When $8 million was raised for the Grand's restoration between 1974 and 1990, it was a remarkable community effort which included the volunteer efforts of literally thousands of residents from Galveston county, the greater Houston area and the state of Texas.
Support came from individuals, the business and corporate community, local government and, of course, included generous foundation support from around the state and nation. Chief among these were the generous leadership gifts of the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Moody Foundation, Houston Endowment and the subsequent gifts of George and Cynthia Mitchell to help complete the restoration.
Due to the foresight and generosity of several generations of Galvestonians, The Grand stands today as an important linkage to our past and an important part of our future.
The Grand offers an elegant and unique setting for a reception or ball. The stage space can be extended over the seats to accommodate even larger groups. The theatre can accommodate groups of 50 to as many as 1,000. Rental cost varies with the time and staffing involved. For information call (409)763-7173.
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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. As further recognition of its importance to the citizens of Texas, in 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand “The Official Opera House of Texas“.In 1894, Henry Greenwall raised $100,000 for construction of The Grand with substantial commitments from a handful of prominent businessmen and civic-minded Galvestonians. Frank Cox designed the Romanesque Revival building.
Six years after its completion, the hurricane of 1900 rolled into Galveston and the Opera House sustained extensive damage, but it was quickly rebuilt.
As the saying goes, the show must go on!
In 1974, The Grand was restored after years of use, and today it is still the host to numerous musicals, bands and other performances year-round. Daily tours are available.
Before Your Visit
- Head to the website of The Grand 1894 Opera House to read about its history
- You can also read more about the history of The Grand 1984 Opera House on the Arts & Culture page.
- Get tickets to a show to attend during your visit.
During Your Visit
- Attend a show and see The Grand from the inside or take a photo from the outside.
After Your Visit
- Write a review of the show that you saw and juxtapose this against what a show must have been like when it opened back in 1894
GALVESTON ISLAND PASS
The Grand participates on the Galveston Island Pass with their self-guided walking tour! The pass allows you to select attractions that save you up to 40% off admission prices when you choose to visit four or more participating attractions.
Purchase tickets online by clicking here!
Hours of Operation
Call ahead for showtimes and tickets.