115 S. Main Street,
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Grand Theatre, Fitzgerald (Official)
Previously operated by: Martin Theatres
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Lyric Theatre, Grand Opera House
Opened in 1911 as the Lyric Theatre, it was closed in 1912 and reopened as the Grand Opera House. It was renamed Grand Theatre in 1927. On September 4, 1935 it was destroyed by fire.
It was rebuilt in the Art Deco style, reopening on February 17, 1936 with Louise Fezenda in “The Widow from Monte Carlo”. The Grand theatre was closed on June 14, 1978.
Restoration began in 1986 and it was equipped with 35mm projectors in 1996, to be used for a film festival. On March 26, 2011 a Barton 3 manual 18 ranks theatre pipe organ which was built in 1926 and originally installed in the Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg, IL, was installed in the Grand Theatre and was opened by organist R. Jelanie Eddington.Fitzgerald.
Today the former movie theatre serves as both a venue for movies, concerts and other live entertainment as well as a conference center.
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