Grand Opera House (1874-aft.1895)

The Grand Opera House was built in about 1874 and was located on the north side of Mission Street between 3rd and 4th. It should not be confused with Morosco's Grand Opera. The below list are production as they have been transcribed from ads in the San Francisco Call, beginning in April 1890. At that time John Maguire was the lessee and proprietor and Jay Rial was the manager.

Production History

Date Play Company
Apr 21, 1890 The White Slave
Apr 14, 1890 Lost in New York
Apr 3, 1890 A Dark Secret

Newspaper Articles

The Morning Call (San Francisco, California) - April 3, 1890

The McCabe Complimentary

Manager John Maguire of the Grand Opera House, whose knowledge of the theatrical profession is only exceeded by his kindness and consideration for the members of it, when occasion demands, has concluded, on account of the necessity for more elaborate preparation, to postpone the grand complimentary matinee benefit for the veteran professional, Mr. John H. McCabe, till Thursday, April 10th. He has been indefatigable in concentrating talent for the occasion. Miss Maggie Moore (Mrs. J. C. Williamson) will do her famous "Nan, the Good-for-Nothing." Miss Julia Stuart, a pretty and graceful actress, an act of "Pygmalion and Galatea." The Grismer-Davies Company will lend its aid, and then "Evangeline" Company also. The Hallen and Hart combination will put in an appearance, and we are to have as well the great tank scene in "A Dark Secret." It was thought at one time the Kendals would help this laudable proposition. They find, however, that their dates forbid it. But we think a very enjoyable afternoon will be had even without the adjuvancy of our English visitors. Let there be a rally for this testimonial. Those who give to the poor lend to the Lord, and, as Dean Swift said once in a charity sermon, "If you like the security, down with your dust."

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