Grand Opera House

5 Walnut Street,
Salem, NJ 08079

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Began as the Salem Lecture Hall, built in 1881. Renamed the Grand Opera House in the 1890’s, it hosted many speakers, musicians, and actors; in 1905 motion pictures played there. It operated as a movie theater for only a year, until the Bijou Dream Theatre and Dreamland Theatre were built on West Broadway. In 1912 the Opera House burned.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 2, 2007 at 11:32 am

There is a “Salem Opera House” listed under Salem NJ in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. Frank Hood was the Mgr. and the seating capacity was 900. Unfortunately, the Cahn Guide does not list street adresses. This theatre was on the ground floor and had 3 members of the house orchestra. The proscenium opening was 25 feet wide X 28 feet high, and the stage was 20 feet deep. The 1897 population of Salem was 10,000. Were the Salem Opera House and the Grand Opera House the same theatre ?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 21, 2015 at 7:35 am

“Salem Lecture Hall” and “Opera House” are two separate listings in “Jno. B. Jeffery’s Guide and Directory to the Opera Houses, Theatres, Public Halls, Bill Posters, Etc. of the Cities and Towns of America” from 1883 and “Henry C. Miner’s American Dramatic Directory for the Season of 1887-‘88”.

The Salem Opera House stood at 5 Walnut Street.

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