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Grand Opera House
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Description: Belfast July 2006,

Currently some renovation works is underway.

When the Grand Opera House opened its doors on 23 December 1895, it was an important date for the city of Belfast, then in its Victorian heyday. From the outset, the Theatre was a success. Crowds flocked to a great variety of entertainments including opera, drama, pantomime and the latest London comedy or musical.

By the 1920's and 1930's, variety programmes dominated the programme presented by the Grand Opera House. Will Fyffe and Harry Lauder appeared, and when Gracie Fields arrived, her reception was tumultuous.
During the Second World War, the Grand Opera House became a repertory theatre, day in, day out, with matinees and special Christmas and New Year performances, through Blitz, rations and restrictions. When peace came, the Grand Opera House was at the centre of the celebrations, giving Gala Performances by the Savoy Players for General Eisenhower, and Field Marshalls Alanbrooke and Montgomery.

By the 1950's, however, the world of entertainment was changing. The advent of television made a major impact, and although the Grand Opera House continued to present live shows, its acquisition by the Rank Organisation led to its increasing role as a cinema.

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