Grand Opera House

13114 S. Western Avenue,
Blue Island, IL 60406

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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Grand Theatre

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GRAND OPERA HOUSE; Blue Island, Illinois.

The Grand Opera House in Blue Island, which was built during the 1890’s, stands at Western Avenue near Grove Street. After a fire in 1924 caused extensive damage, the Grand Opera House was rebuilt and became a movie house, though by then, the Lyric Theater, which opened not far away on Western Avenue in 1917, had become the city’s main movie house. Eventually the Grand Opera House began to show B-grade fare, while the Lyric Theatre was a first-run house.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 6:59 am

Here is a September 1925 ad from the Alton Evening Telegraph:

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on March 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

The address listed above must be incorrect. 13115 is the Cyprus Long Bar and is across the street. The Opera House should be an even number.

DavidZornig on December 1, 2019 at 7:48 am

Built in 1908 according to the city of Blue Island. The original burned down in 1896. Early 1900s construction photo added to gallery.

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