Grand Cinema Theatres

319 W. North Water Street,
New London, WI 54961

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Architects: William Waters

Functions: Movies

Styles: Romanesque Revival

Previous Names: Grand Opera House, Grand Theatre

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The Grand Opera House’s opening night was February 19, 1895, with the play “Lost Paradise”. The architect was William Waters, whose trademark sunbursts and cross arrows can be found on the buildings west and south side. He also designed the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The building was saved in late-1990’s by the Friends of the Grand and Rogers Cinema. Rogers Cinema purchased the building and converted it into a four-plex. They also updated the sound and projection systems.

The exterior of the building has been restored to its original appearance.

Contributed by Ed Wilke

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

edwilke on March 7, 2007 at 2:43 am

Some of my photos of the Grand can be seen at.

wimovies on April 20, 2008 at 7:53 pm

The Grand is a nice theatre for a town of this size. Seeing a movie in the original auditorium is really cool, especially if you sit in the balcony. I saw a movie at the Grand in 1991, before it was “saved by Rogers”, it was quite a dump at that time. It had been seriously neglected for a long time, but was still cool at the time, if you like old single screens. I remember a group of employees from theatres in Appleton went there together. They left the door to the auditorium open, and light was coming in from the lobby. One of us went out to the lobby and asked if they could close the door. The woman responded “sorry, we need to make sure there are no problems with the movie”…We all laughed.

TLSLOEWS on December 31, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Very Old school looking.

Trolleyguy on December 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Now under the ownership of Grand Cinema Theatres. Website:

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