Grand Opera House
13114 S. Western Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.
Previous Names: Grand Theatre
The Grand Opera House in Blue Island, which was built during the 1890’s, stands at Western Avenue near Grove Street. After a fire in 1924 caused extensive damage, the Grand Opera House was rebuilt and became a movie house, though by then, the Lyric Theater, which opened not far away on Western Avenue in 1917, had become the city’s main movie house. Eventually the Grand Opera House began to show B-grade fare, while the Lyric Theatre was a first-run house.
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