Grand Theater

26 N. 6th Street,
Keokuk, IA 52632

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Architects: Oscar Cobb

Previous Names: Keokuk Opera House

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Grand Theater

Designed by Chicago architect Oscar Cobb in 1879, the Keokuk Opera House was constructed on N. 6th Street at Blondeau Street. It was built at a cost of $30,000 and was the largest theater in Keokuk at that time, with 1,064 seats. It was host to legitimate theater, musicals, and minstrel shows, and in its later years, to vaudeville and motion pictures. The Opera House was acquired by the Baker-Dodge Theater Company on January 12, 1914, and renamed the Grand Theater. The Grand Theater was destroyed by a blaze in December 7, 1923.

It was rebuilt and reopened on January 27, 1925, constructed on the foundation of the previous theater, and the ‘new’ Grand Theatre is still in operation to this day.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 26, 2018 at 10:50 am

The Keokuk Opera House is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. J.C. Hubinger was owner. Tickets 25 cents to $1. 1,064 seats. Electric illumination. The proscenium opening was 30 feet square, and the stage was 36 feet deep. The auditorium was on the ground floor. There were 6 – 10 musicians in the pit band. There were 2 daily newspapers and 4 weeklies. There were 4 hotels for show folk. The 1897 population was 17,000.

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