The Grand 1894 Opera House

Let's Go on with the Show in Galveston's Historic Opera House

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Just before the turn of the century, Galveston was booming as a port city, and was becoming a very prosperous place. Its residents decided that, as befits a great city, Galveston needed a truly great space for the performing arts. They invested their time and efforts into creating this beautiful theatre which has stood the test of time and proved the dedication of the community over and over again. Come to a show at the 1894 Grand Opera House, the “Official Opera House of Texas!”


Built just a few years before the Great Storm of 1900, the Grand Opera House was privately funded by citizens who cared deeply about the performing arts. Though the Great Storm did damage the Grand, it’s a testament to the motivation of the community that the Opera House was quickly restored and reopened. At its inception, the Grand was a live performing arts venue, later becoming a vaudeville theatre, then a movie house, and once again a dedicated performing arts space, after a major renovation in the 1970s. Today, the Grand’s fascinating Romanesque Revival style, incredible acoustics, and intimate box-style seating arrangement makes it a great place for residents and visitors alike to enjoy a world-class performance.

Upcoming Shows

The Grand presents a wide variety of performances year-round. During the holiday season, they offer classics like The Nutcracker, with a great addition of a special Nutcracker Afternoon Tea where kids can feel extra-special and get up close and personal with the performers. National music tours also land here frequently, with 2019’s lineup including performances from The Oak Ridge Boys and Pink Martini. There are also performances from the Galveston Symphony Orchestra about once a month.

But the real heart of the Grand is not music or ballet, so much as it is live theatre. It’s what the Grand was originally built to do, and they deliver with style! The Grand offers a diverse slate of plays in 2019, including “The Other Mozart,” “Jersey Boys,” “Something Rotten,” “Spamalot,” and “Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll.”

Also, their “Serious Fun” series offers an awesome selection of plays for the whole family to enjoy! This year, plays include classics like “The Snow Queen” and “Billy Goats Gruff,” as well as newer fare, such as “Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System,” and “Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly.”

Don’t think it’s all about opera: there’s something for everyone to enjoy here at The Grand Opera House!

The Grand 1894 Opera House
2020 Postoffice St.
Galveston, TX