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    The Grand Opera House

    400 Poplar Street
    Macon , GA 31201
    (478) 301-5460

    Website: thegrandmacon.com/


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    The Grand Opera House, often called The Grand and also known as Academy of Music, is a historic opera house located in Macon, Georgia.

    Originally known as the Academy of Music, the Grand was built in 1883 and 1884 with the largest stage in the southeastern United States, outstanding lines-of sight and acoustics (both still notable today), and seats for 2,418, nearly a fifth of Macon's population at the time. The facade, a building...

    The Grand Opera House, often called The Grand and also known as Academy of Music, is a historic opera house located in Macon, Georgia.

    Originally known as the Academy of Music, the Grand was built in 1883 and 1884 with the largest stage in the southeastern United States, outstanding lines-of sight and acoustics (both still notable today), and seats for 2,418, nearly a fifth of Macon's population at the time. The facade, a building located on Mulberry Street, was renovated in 1902, and the present seven-story office building facade opened in 1905.

    In 1936, as the popularity of vaudeville waned, the Grand changed to a movie theater, hosting Macon's only Hollywood premiere, 1945's God is My Co-Pilot. However, by the 1960s, the Grand had ceased showing movies and plans were made to replace it with a parking lot.

    Those plans were blocked in 1967 by the Macon Arts Council, a group formed to save and restore the Grand. By 1970, the group had held a gala featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and had the property placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (It was listed on the National Register in 1970.[1]) The Opera House was renovated and reopened as a live theater in 1969. (The second balcony, or peanut gallery, remained closed to the public and was dedicated to lighting equipment at this time, reducing the maximum seating to its current number of 1,030). Fund-raising efforts continued through the next several decades, with ongoing physical plant upgrades, with another renovation taking place in 1985.

    In 1995, Mercer University signed a lease with Bibb County to manage the Grand. Subsequently, Mercer has invested in upgrading the facility to modern standards as well as making it a fixture for community events. Today, the Grand hosts many Broadway touring companies, concerts (such as those of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, community theatre productions (including the Nutcracker holiday show), and other performances and events.


     

     

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    "Million Dollar Quartet"

    Presented by Butler Lexus Broadway Series at The Grand Opera House

    January 13 - January 14, 2015

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    Schoolhouse Rock Live!

    Presented by The Grand Opera House at The Grand Opera House

    January 28, 2015

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    Grandkids Series: "Ivy and Bean" The Musical

    Presented by The Grand Opera House at The Grand Opera House

    February 11, 2015

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    The Lettermen

    Presented by The Grand Opera House at The Grand Opera House

    March 28, 2015

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