New Grand Theatre

N. Main Street and W. Washington Street,
Bluffton, IN 46714

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New Grand Theatre

The 781-seat Grand Opera House was opened in 1903. In the 1914-1915 edition of Motion Picture Directory the Grand Opera House was listed at 128 W. Washington Street, which is close to the corner of N. Main Street. The Grand Theatre was opened prior to 1926 when it was listed without a seating capacity, same in 1927 & 1928. By 1932 it was listed with 750 seats.

By 1941 it was listed as the New Grand Theatre, again with 750 seats. The New Grand Theatre was still open in 1950 and 1951 when the address was given as Main Street and the seating capacity had been reduced to 600.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 14, 2018 at 11:51 am

The Grand Opera House at Bluffton, Indiana opened in 1903, according to a list of buildings designed by its architect, George Otis Garnsey (1840-1923.) Over the course of his long career, Garnsey designed some forty theaters and opera houses, mostly for smaller midwestern cities.

The 1913-1914 Cahn guide lists Bluffton’s Grand Opera House as a ground floor theater with 378 seats on the main floor, 216 in the balcony, 175 in the gallery, and 12 in boxes. The proscenium opening was 30x28 feet, the stage was 33 feet from the footlights to the back wall, and 52 feet between the side walls.

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