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1894 Opera House

1894 Opera House


The 1894 Opera House, also known as the Grand 1894 Opera House, is a historic theater located in Galveston, Texas. The theater was built in 1894 and has been in continuous operation since then.

The building was designed by architect Frank Cox and constructed by the Galveston firm D. H. Overman. It was originally known as the “Theatre of Varieties” and featured a variety of acts, including vaudeville shows, plays, and musical performances.

Over the years, the theater has hosted many famous performers, including Enrico Caruso, Anna Pavlova, Will Rogers, and Mae West. It has also been the site of important events, such as the inauguration of President William Howard Taft in 1909.

Important Information

Their goal is to restore, improve, and manage the historic Grand 1894 Opera House complex (including the theatre and an attached apartment building) as a premier performance venue, meeting the current and evolving needs of performing artists and audiences.
They also present touring artists of high caliber in theater, music, dance, opera, children’s programming, and other performance genres that engage and enrich the lives of diverse communities.


They can schedule a special performance just for your convention or group entertainment. The premises include Over 11,000 square feet of meeting space that can be utilized for your special event and they can include Full catering and refreshment services that can be arranged for meetings, receptions, and sit-down dinners.

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Hours of operation

The 1894 Opera house is only open for specific events, if you would like to visit please follow the link and check the calendar of events.

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