Delaware’s Grand Opera House Dates Back To 1871 And Was Once A Masonic Temple
Since 1871, an enormous landmark building near 8th and Market Street in Wilmington has earned the attention of anyone walking down the block. Originally built as a Masonic Temple and eventually turned into an elegant Delaware opera house, the Grand Opera House is one of the most recognizable buildings in the First State.
While the Grand was built as a temple in 1871, it spent many of its years screening movies as the Lowe's Aldine Theater. This impressive four-story building has been praised by architects for its gorgeous style.
From 1930 through 1967, the Aldine was an exclusive Warner Brothers partner, screening their films for Delawareans to enjoy.
Before and after its stint as a movie theater, the Grand hosted all sorts of famous acts. A variety of operas, symphonies, and performers such as Ethel Barrymore, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and John Philip Sousa all graced the stage here on Market Street.
The Grand shifted from movies back to live performances in 1971 and was restored from 1973 to 1976 when it was also turned into a non-profit theater and preservation organization.
Today, the enormous auditorium of this Delaware opera house is known for being one of the most beautiful performing art venues in the region.
Concerts, operas, ballets, and more take the stage here to show off talented local and national acts.
Next time you're walking down Market Street and you pass the Grand, typically lit up in color, take a moment to appreciate all the history that this landmark has witnessed.
You can learn more about
current happenings at The Grand on their website, here.
While you’re on Market Street, make plans to enjoy a meal at the Farmer and the Cow. It’s the perfect place to go for a pre-show dinner!
They’re known for their burgers and milkshakes, so be sure to come hungry. Address: The Grand Opera House, 818 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801, USA
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