29 N. Seventh Street,
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Opened in November 1897, the Grand Opera House was located on Seventh Street at Cherry Street. It was meant to replace the earlier Naylor Opera House, which was destroyed in a fire in 1896. The Grand originally seated over 1300, and besides opera, hosted plays, minstrel shows, and local religious and political gatherings.
Among those to appear onstage here included John Phillip Sousa, Ethel Barrymore, Lillian Russell, Al Jolson, and George M. Cohan. At the time, Terre Haute was known as the “entertainment hub” of western Indiana.
By the early 30s, when movies replaced live entertainment there, the Grand Opera House became known as the Grand Theatre. In 1959 the theater closed, and after a farewell banquet was held in the Grand, the building was torn down in August, 1960.
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