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Grand Opera House


23rd St. (8th Ave.), New York, NY

Built by Samuel N. Pike in 1868, but audiences preferred the Academy of Music. James Fisk and Jay Gould bought it and created a strange pair of roommates: the ground floor housed the renamed Grand Opera House and the upstairs served as headquarters for the Erie railroad. It was the only theatre to pass inspection when the authorities began cracking down on theatre fire safety in 1876. When it was demolished in 1960, it was an RKO cinema.

Built: 1868    Demolished: 1960   

Theatre Names Named
Grand Opera House 1869     Reopened March, 1869
Pike's Opera House 1868     Opened January 9, 1868
ProductionsProduction Dates
Jack's Romance
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Music by Linda Bloodgood; Book by Augustus Pitou, Sr.; Lyrics by Fiske O'Hara
Feb 22, 1915 - Feb 27, 1915
Papa's Darling
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Ivan Caryll; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Dec 28, 1914 - Jan 1915
The Heart of Paddy Whack
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Ernest R. Ball; Written by Rachel Crothers; Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Nov 23, 1914 - Dec 05, 1914
Shameen Dhu
Play, Original, Play with music
Feb 02, 1914 - Feb 28, 1914
The Marriage Market
Musical, Original
Music by Victor Jacobi; American adaptation by Gladys Unger; Lyrics by Adrian Ross, Arthur Anderson
Dec 08, 1913 - Dec 1913
Little Boy Blue
Musical, Original, Operetta
Music by Henri Bereny
Apr 21, 1913 - Apr 1913
The Girl from Montmartre
Play, Original, Farce, Play with music
Apr 07, 1913 - Apr 1913
The Isle o' Dreams
Play, Original
Jan 27, 1913 - Feb 22, 1913
Freckles
Play, Original
Written by Neil Twomey
Dec 16, 1912 - Dec 1912
The Quaker Girl
Musical, Original
Dec 02, 1912 - Dec 1912
The Enchantress
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Apr 01, 1912 - Apr 1912
Macushla
Play, Original, Play with music, Romantic Comedy
Music by Ernest R. Ball; Written by Rida Johnson Young; Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Feb 05, 1912 - Feb 24, 1912
Little Miss Fix-It
Musical, Original
Nov 27, 1911 - Dec 1911
The Fascinating Widow
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 13, 1911 - Nov 1911
The Red Rose
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 11, 1911 - Sep 1911
Barry of Ballymore
Play, Original, Drama, Play with music, Romance
Feb 20, 1911 - Feb 25, 1911
The Arcadians
Musical, Original
Nov 21, 1910 - Nov 1910
Bright Eyes
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Karl Hoschna; Book by Charles Dickson
May 02, 1910 - May 1910
The Silver Star
Musical, Original
Feb 07, 1910 - Feb 1910
The Love Cure
Musical, Original, Romance
Music by Edmund Eysler; Book by Oliver Herford; Lyrics by Oliver Herford
Jan 03, 1910 - Jan 1910
Cohan and Harris Minstrels [1908]
Musical, Original, Burlesque, Comedy, Minstrel, Vaudeville
Book, music, and lyrics for "The Belle of the Barbers' Ball" by George M. Cohan
Jan 11, 1909 - Jan 1909
The Great Divide
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 16, 1908 - Closing date unknown
The Mimic World [1908]
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 28, 1908 - Oct 03, 1908
The Talk of New York
Musical, Original, Play
Music by George M. Cohan; Book by George M. Cohan; Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Sep 21, 1908 - Sep 27, 1908
The Time, the Place and the Girl
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jingles and tunes by Joseph E. Howard
Aug 31, 1908 - Sep 06, 1908
The Talk of New York
Musical, Original, Play
Music by George M. Cohan; Book by George M. Cohan; Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Apr 20, 1908 - Apr 26, 1908
Fifty Miles from Boston
Play, Original, Play with music
Music by George M. Cohan; Book by George M. Cohan; Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Mar 02, 1908 - Mar 08, 1908
The Hoyden
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Robert Hood Bowers; Book by Cosmo Hamilton; Featuring "My Father's Wooden Leg" by Joseph Cawthorn; Lyrics by Robert Hood Bowers
Jan 27, 1908 - Feb 01, 1908
The Oyster Man
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 16, 1907 - Dec 21, 1907
The Yankee Tourist
Musical, Original, Farce
Nov 18, 1907 - Nov 24, 1907
Ziegfeld Follies of 1907
Musical, Original, Revue
Words (sketches) by Harry B. Smith
Nov 04, 1907 - Nov 10, 1907
Lola from Berlin
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jean Schwartz; Book by John J. McNally; Lyrics by William Jerome
Oct 28, 1907 - Nov 02, 1907
The Shoo-Fly Regiment
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 03, 1907 - Jun 08, 1907
The Lion and the Mouse
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Charles Klein
May 27, 1907 - Closing date unknown
The Vanderbilt Cup
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 01, 1907 - Apr 1907
George Washington, Jr.
Musical, Original
Music by George M. Cohan; Book by George M. Cohan; Lyrics by George M. Cohan
Mar 18, 1907 - Mar 1907
In the Bishop's Carriage
Play, Original
Written by Channing Pollock
Feb 25, 1907 - Mar 1907
The Little Cherub
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Ivan Caryll; Book by Owen Hall; Lyrics by Owen Hall
Feb 04, 1907 - Feb 1907
The Free Lance
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Music by John Philip Sousa; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Jan 07, 1907 - Jan 1907
The Little Cherub
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Ivan Caryll; Book by Owen Hall; Lyrics by Owen Hall
Dec 30, 1906 - Jan 1907
Mamselle Sallie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Raymond Hubbell; Book by Robert B. Smith; Lyrics by Robert B. Smith
Nov 26, 1906 - Closing date unknown
Abyssinia
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Will Marion Cook; Book by Jesse A. Shipp; Lyrics by Jesse A. Shipp
Aug 18, 1906 - Aug 1906
The Postmaster's Daughter
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Neil Twomey
Jun 11, 1906 - Closing date unknown
Sergeant Brue
Musical, Original, Farce
Music by Liza Lehman; Book by Owen Hall; Lyrics by D. K. Stevens, Owen Hall
Mar 26, 1906 - Mar 1906
The Prince of Pilsen
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Gustav Luders; Book by Frank S. Pixley; Lyrics by Frank S. Pixley
Mar 19, 1906 - Mar 24, 1906
The Grafter
Musical, Original
Music by William C. Polla; Book by Guy F. Steeley; Lyrics by James O'Dea
Jan 29, 1906 - Feb 03, 1906
The Pearl and the Pumpkin
Musical, Original, Extravaganza
Music by John W. Bratton; Book by Paul West, W.W. Denslow; Lyrics by Paul West
Nov 20, 1905 - Nov 1905
The Belle of the West
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Karl Hoschna; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Nov 13, 1905 - Nov 18, 1905
It's Up To You John Henry
Musical, Original, Comedy, Farce
Oct 23, 1905 - Oct 28, 1905
Woodland
Musical, Original, Fantasy
Music by Gustav Luders; Book by Frank S. Pixley; Lyrics by Frank S. Pixley
Aug 19, 1905 - Aug 1905
Woodland
Musical, Original, Fantasy
Music by Gustav Luders; Book by Frank S. Pixley; Lyrics by Frank S. Pixley
Apr 10, 1905 - Apr 1905
The Girl from Kay's
Musical, Original
Music by Ivan Caryll; Book by Owen Hall
Mar 20, 1905 - Mar 1905
In Dahomey
Musical, Revival, Farce
Music by Will Marion Cook; Book by Jesse A. Shipp; Lyrics by Alex Rogers
Aug 27, 1904 - Sep 10, 1904
The Black Mask
Play, Original, Melodrama
Jun 06, 1904 - Closing date unknown
Red Feather
Musical, Original, Opera, Romance
Apr 25, 1904 - Apr 1904
Glittering Gloria
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Bernard Rolt; Lyrics by Bernard Rolt
Apr 04, 1904 - Apr 1904
The Medal and the Maid
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Sidney Jones; Book by Owen Hall; Lyrics by Owen Hall
Mar 14, 1904 - Mar 1904
The Office Boy
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Ludwig Englander; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Jan 18, 1904 - Jan 1904
A Midnight Marriage
Play, Original, Melodrama
Jan 04, 1904 - Closing date unknown
The Rogers Brothers in London
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 28, 1903 - Jan 1904
The Queen of the White Slaves
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Arthur J. Lamb
Dec 07, 1903 - Closing date unknown
The Sultan of Sulu
Musical, Original, Satire
Music by Alfred G. Wathall; Book by George Ade; Lyrics by George Ade
Nov 23, 1903 - Nov 1903
Mrs. Delaney of Newport
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jean Schwartz; Book by William Jerome; Lyrics by William Jerome
Nov 02, 1903 - Nov 07, 1903
Nancy Brown
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Henry K. Hadley; Book by Frederic Ranken; Lyrics by Frederic Ranken
Oct 26, 1903 - Nov 1903
The Wayward Son
Play, Original
Written by Neil Twomey
Oct 12, 1903 - Closing date unknown
Widow Dooley's Dream
Musical, Original
Libretto by William F. Carroll
Oct 05, 1903 - Oct 10, 1903
Rachel Goldstein
Play, Original
Written by Theodore Kremer
Sep 21, 1903 - Closing date unknown
No Wedding Bells for Her
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Theodore Kremer
Sep 14, 1903 - Closing date unknown
The Silver Slipper
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Leslie Stuart; Book by Owen Hall; Lyrics by W. H. Risque
Aug 31, 1903 - Sep 1903
King Dodo
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Music by Gustav Luders; Book by Frank S. Pixley; Lyrics by Frank S. Pixley
May 04, 1903 - May 1903
Mr. Pickwick
Musical, Original
Music by Manuel Klein; Book by Charles Klein; Lyrics by Grant Stewart
Apr 27, 1903 - May 1903
The Billionaire
Musical, Original, Farce
Music by Gustav Kerker; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Apr 06, 1903 - Apr 1903
The Mocking Bird
Musical, Original, Opera, Romantic Comedy
Music by A. Baldwin Sloane; Libretto by Sydney Rosenfeld
Mar 30, 1903 - Apr 1903
Dolly Varden
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Dec 29, 1902 - Jan 1903
A Desperate Chance
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Theodore Kremer
Dec 22, 1902 - Closing date unknown
The Doings of Mrs. Dooley
Musical, Original, Farce
Sep 22, 1902 - Sep 27, 1902
For Her Children's Sake
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Theodore Kremer
Sep 15, 1902 - Closing date unknown
At The Old Cross Roads
Play, Original, Melodrama
May 12, 1902 - Closing date unknown
The Little Duchess
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Reginald De Koven; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Apr 21, 1902 - Apr 1902
The Head Waiters
Musical, Original, Comedy, Farce
Jan 20, 1902 - Jan 25, 1902
The Liberty Belles
Musical, Original, Comedy
Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Jan 19, 1902 - Jan 1902
The Fatal Wedding
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Theodore Kremer
Oct 28, 1901 - Nov 1901
Sons of Ham
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 29, 1901 - May 04, 1901
Hodge, Podge & Co.
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by John W. Bratton, Harry Pleon; Adapted from the German by George V. Hobart; Lyrics by Walter Ford
Apr 22, 1901 - Apr 1901
The Rogers Brothers in Central Park
Musical, Original, Farce, Vaudeville
Music by Maurice Levi; Book by John J. McNally; Lyrics by J. Cheever Goodwin
Apr 01, 1901 - Apr 1901
Madge Smith, Attorney
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce, Play with music
Mar 25, 1901 - Mar 1901
The Floor Walkers
Musical, Original, Comedy, Farce
Jan 14, 1901 - Jan 1901
A Man from the West
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Clay M. Greene
Nov 12, 1900 - Closing date unknown
A Wife in Pawn
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 10, 1900 - Closing date unknown
The Floor Walkers
Musical, Original, Comedy, Farce
Jan 29, 1900 - Feb 03, 1900
The Gunner's Mate
Play, Original, Melodrama
Jan 09, 1900 - Closing date unknown
The Winter's Tale
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 09, 1899 - Oct 1899
Macbeth
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Oct 09, 1899 - Oct 1899
The School for Scandal
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 09, 1899 - Oct 1899
The Rivals
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 09, 1899 - Oct 09, 1899
La Belle Hélène
Musical, Revival, Opera
May 29, 1899 - Jun 1899
A Female Drummer
Musical, Original, Comedy, Farce
Music by Frank David; Libretto by Charles E. Blaney; Lyrics by Frank David
May 01, 1899 - May 1899
The Little Host
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 13, 1899 - Mar 1899
A Female Drummer
Musical, Original, Comedy, Farce
Music by Frank David; Libretto by Charles E. Blaney; Lyrics by Frank David
Jan 23, 1899 - Jan 1899
The Evil Eye
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Jan 16, 1899 - Jan 23, 1899
The Red, White and Blue
Play, Original, Drama
Written by James Schonberg
Nov 28, 1898 - Closing date unknown
Tempest Tossed
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Walter Sanford
Oct 21, 1898 - Closing date unknown
The Secret Enemy
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Elmer Grandin
Dec 20, 1897 - Closing date unknown
Courted Into Court
Play, Revival, Comedy, Farce, Play with music
Written by John J. McNally
Nov 01, 1897 - Nov 06, 1897
For Liberty and Love
Play, Original, Melodrama
Oct 11, 1897 - Closing date unknown
A Fight For Honor
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Frank Harvey
Aug 21, 1897 - Closing date unknown
The Naval Cadet
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 30, 1896 - Closing date unknown
On Broadway
Play, Original, Melodrama
Oct 12, 1896 - Closing date unknown
The Cotton Spinner
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Scott Marble
Aug 29, 1896 - Closing date unknown
A Bowery Girl
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Ada Lee Bascom
Dec 02, 1895 - Closing date unknown
Garry Owen
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Murphy O'Hea
Apr 01, 1895 - Closing date unknown
A Ride for Life
Play, Original
Written by Walter Fessler
Oct 08, 1894 - Closing date unknown
The Great Brooklyn Handicap
Play, Original
Sep 17, 1894 - Closing date unknown
The Deacon's Daughter
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by A. C. Gunter
Nov 19, 1888 - Nov 1988
Dorothy
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Music by Alfred Cellier; Libretto by B. C. Stephenson
Apr 16, 1888 - Apr 1888
The Deacon's Daughter
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by A. C. Gunter
Nov 07, 1887 - Nov 12, 1887
Nance Oldfield
Play, Original
Written by Charles Reade
Oct 29, 1886 - Closing date unknown
A Parlor Match
Play, Original, Farce, Play with music
Apr 27, 1885 - Closing date unknown
Le Roi Carotte
Musical, Original, Opera
Aug 26, 1872 - Nov 23, 1872
Lalla Rookh
Musical, Original
Music by Henry Tissington; Written by Joseph Foster
Mar 18, 1872 - May 04, 1872
The Three Hunchbacks!
Musical, Original, Pantomime, Spectacle
Written by J. McClosky
May 22, 1871 - Jun 24, 1871
La Belle Hélène
Musical, Revival, Opera
Apr 13, 1871 - May 20, 1871
Les Géorgiennes
Musical, Original, Opera, Spectacle
Music by Jacques Offenbach; Libretto by Jules Moinaux
Mar 06, 1871 - May 20, 1871
La Périchole
Musical, Revival, Foreign Lang., Opera
Jan 18, 1871 - May 20, 1871
Barbe-Bleue
Musical, Revival, Foreign Lang., Opera
Dec 24, 1870 - May 20, 1871
Les Brigands
Musical, Original, Foreign Lang., Opera
Nov 14, 1870 - May 20, 1871
La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein
Musical, Revival, Opera
Oct 19, 1870 - May 20, 1871
The Twelve Temptations!
Musical, Original, Romance, Spectacle
Feb 07, 1870 - Jul 09, 1870
The Maid and the Magpie
Musical, Original, Burlesque
Burlesque by Henry J. Byron
Dec 20, 1869 - Dec 25, 1869
Pluto
Musical, Revival, Burlesque
Written by Henry B. Farnie
Dec 13, 1869 - Jan 15, 1870
The Bohemian Girl
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Opera
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
Nov 22, 1869 - Dec 11, 1869
Charles O'Malley
Play, Original
Written by Edmund Falconer
Oct 18, 1869 - Closing date unknown
Les Deux Aveugles
Musical, Revival, Foreign Lang.
Music by Jaques Offenbach; Libretto by Jules Moinaux
Feb 03, 1869 - Feb 06, 1869
Pike's Opera House
La Périchole
Musical, Original, Foreign Lang., Opera
Jan 04, 1869 - Feb 06, 1869
La Chanson de Fortunio
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Dec 21, 1868 - Jan 02, 1869
Les Bavards
Musical, Original, Foreign Lang., Opera
Music by Jaques Offenbach; Libretto by Charles Nuitter
Dec 09, 1868 - Jan 02, 1869
Lischen et Fritzchen
Musical, Original, Foreign Lang.
Music by Jaques Offenbach; Libretto by Paul Boisselot
Nov 30, 1868 - Dec 05, 1868
Barbe-Bleue
Musical, Original, Foreign Lang., Opera
Nov 16, 1868 - Dec 05, 1868
La Belle Hélène
Musical, Revival, Foreign Lang.
Nov 02, 1868 - Nov 14, 1868
La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein
Musical, Revival, Opera
Oct 04, 1868 - Oct 31, 1868