Grand Opera House

651 Mulberry Street,
Macon, GA 31201

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Grand Opera House

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The Academy of Music was built circa 1883-84 and had 2,418 seats. It was designed by W.R. Gunn. Around two decades later, the Academy of Music was renovated, and opened again as the Grand Opera House in 1905. The Grand Opera House became a movie theater in 1936. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Lucas & Jenkins.

As a movie theater, the Grand Theater closed in 1965 and faced demolition. The building was saved from demolition by the Macon Arts Council. After being restored, the Grand Opera House opened again on April 6, 1970.

The Grand Opera House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 23, 2009 at 10:49 am

As the Academy of Music, this theater is listed under Macon GA in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. It lists a seating capacity of only 1,061, however. The Mgr. was Henry Horne. Ticket prices ranged from 25 cents to $1. The auditorium was on the ground floor. There were 7 in the house orchestra. The proscenium opening was 28 feet wide X 32 feet high, and the stage was 38 feet deep. Newspapers were the Telegram and the News. Hotels for show folk were the Brown House, Hotel Lanier, Park, Pierpont, and Stubblefield. The 1897 population of Macon was 35,000.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2009 at 12:33 am

Albert A. Weis took over the Grand Opera House in 1910, according to an item in the New York Times of June 28 that year. The article said that Weis controlled a circuit of theaters in Texas, Mississippi, and adjoining states.

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on July 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm

The Grand was Macon’s premier movie theatre in the 50’s and 60’s, superb with double balconies and terried box seats on each side, what a magnificent theatre it was, the large marquee is gone and now Mercer University owns it. It was completely restored and now is the palace it always was with live shows, concerts etc. The Grand has one of the largest stages you will find in any theatre and the entire Macon community enjoys this grand venue.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on May 31, 2013 at 10:58 am

The Robert Morton Organ Company records selling a 2 manual organ to the Grand Theatre in Macon Georgia in 1925. That is possibly this theatre. Is an organ still in this hall? Are there even empty chambers where an organ once stood?

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