Grand Opera House
Grand Opera House
4.5
Operas • Architectural Buildings • Theaters
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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ciaobla
Lewes, DE215 contributions
I loved being back in this theatre again. The performance was Fiddler on the Roof and it was exceptional! The new carpeting, seats, and paint are just lovely. the seats seem a little wider, but don't quote me on that! I loved the experience.
Written June 14, 2022
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Mariellen Edinburg
Claymont, DE139 contributions
Family
We come to the Grand often for shows and in pre-Covid times we were subscribers. We e seen traveling music acts, comedy shows, Delaware Orchestra, Wilmington Ballet, and Opera Delaware. The space is beautiful and historic. There is parking only a block away and the theater and restrooms are always clean. We love the variety and quality of different shows that come to our little city.
Written February 28, 2022
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daisyferret1
Bear, DE27,779 contributions
We attended the Grand's Winter in Wilmington Drive-Thru Light Show held on the Wilmington Riverfront this holiday season. You could purchase tickets online or buy on location. They were $25 for a standard car. We decided last minute so we just pulled up to one of the toll booths. Here we purchased tickets with ease and were admitted into the light display. We tuned our car radio into the corresponding radio station to go along with the light display.

After we entered through the holiday lights archway, we drove along the entry lane passing a big snowman and some ice skating snowmen. Then we entered into the lighted tunnel. Along the way we saw LOTS of light up figures: carolers, old fashioned men & women, a golfer, gingerbread men, candy canes, a salvation army bell ringer, a teddy bear with presents, a gingerbread house, a Christmas cottage, jumping reindeer, ice skating polar bears, guitar playing bear, a bear throwing snowballs, a snowflake archway, Santa on a firetruck, a menorah, an elf flying a "seasons greetings" plane, a horse drawn carriage, Santa in a hot air balloon, various elves at work, a train and train station, holly/bow archway, a Happy Kwanzaa led tower, toy soldiers, jack-in-the-boxes, rocking horse, Santa sleigh & reindeer and huge light up Grand Opera House outline. As we neared the end, we were greeted by a live Santa and elf waving to us. They thanked us for visiting.

Overall, we had a nice time at The Grand's Winter in Wilmington Drive-Thru Light Show held on the Wilmington Riverfront this holiday season. I was a bit skeptical when I saw it from up above on I-95. It looked like a few lighted displays in a fairly SMALL parking lot. At $25 per car, I wondered if it would be worth it since they advertised it only took 8-10 minutes to drive through. However, we decided to go since it provided support to the Grand Opera during the pandemic.

Once at the display, I must admit that they crammed a lot of displays and decorations into the small space. They zig-zagged the traffic really utilizing the space. It was much nicer than I had anticipated. I had worried that traffic would be bumper to bumper with long waits to get it, but it was the opposite. We easily purchased tickets at the booth & drove through fairly easily. Traffic was minimal the drizzly night we went so it made driving through an enjoyable experience! It only took us 10 minutes or so to drive through the display. I would recommend IF offered again in the future. It was a nice, safe, socially-distanced way to enjoy the holidays from the comfort of your own car!
Written December 29, 2020
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
This review is about the physical look of the building only. I was in Wilmington just for lunch and to walk around the historic section of the city and found this handsome building on main street (Market Street). According to the history, the house is Second Empire Style and was built in 1871 as a Masonic Temple and auditorium . It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The current look of the building is the restoration in 1973-76. Very nice building on the street worth a few photos for memories.
Written October 20, 2020
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SEK65
Wilmington, DE314 contributions
Friends
The Grand is a great venue. They have a pretty good seat layout. Almost every seat has a view of the stage, there are a few that have a partial obstruction from the columns. If there is a show here you want to see, definitely don’t hesitate. Only negative is parking in Wilmington is not great.
Written October 4, 2020
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Colleen Monte
1 contribution
Friends
I bought Lewis Black tickets for tonight. I have the flu and could not attend. Due to the Venues policy, I was forced to get the tickets myself, i spent 220 on 2 tickets and didn't want them to go to waist. i finally get there, go to the will call desk, the manager wouldn't speak to me. I was told they would not hold the tickets for my party at all. Who does that? I walked across the street and asked the hostess to please hold them for my guest, he graciously said yes. Needless to say they will never have my business again.
Written February 21, 2020
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Jim M
Delaware87 contributions
A very nice place to see a show. Was surprised where they seated us based on attendance. My wife and I both were disappointed in the show and left at intermission.
I was also disappointed that I purchased parking and found it was a distance away and found a lot just a little way from front entrance. Gave higher rating based on theater.
Written January 29, 2020
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,989 contributions
The Grand Opera House in Wilmington is an architecturally stunning building on the street. I would have loved to attend a performance and get to see what I imagine is a gorgeous period interior.
Written November 1, 2019
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traveladviser01
Wilmington, DE2 contributions
The Grand Opera House is not very Large which is a good thing for acoustics, Visual, and easy of moving about. only;y Bad reason is that a lot of really big acts may not put this venue on there tour list.
However it is not geared toward your one hit wonders or the biggest boy band of the day or Any of the big pop and rap stars.
I am only reviewing the Venue for its value as a place to go and see and hear live music.
the acoustics are are excellent i would say the best in Delaware do not be fooled by the name Opera house. It could have an opera company do a show and 75 years ago or longer that is probably what there draw was that and the big band jazz bands of the day.
the lay out is that of exactly what it is call the opera house it has the thick velvet drapes and the gold inlays in the wood it is a very classy old school decor. with modern seating the seats are all cushioned very comfortable with more leg room then most pop and rock rooms like the tower in Philadelphia as a matter of fact it is the same size which most people reading this if you live in the Philadelphia area are familiar with it. the acoustics are better here at the Grand.
If you are looking for a big Bar area to party at before the show or after this is not the place. however there are many restaurants and bars all within one block of the theater. With its size when you see a fairly well know performer booked here tickets sell out fast so do not think too yourself i will get around to it or buy a ticket at the door. They do have a Bar and drinks can be purchased throughout the performance but keep in mind one must leave the theater room and go out to the designated area there are no bars in the room which is all sit down seating no standing area, they also almost always do an intermission even with rock bands.. the toilets are clean and never long lines to use them.
The last act i saw was Stevie Vai band and they sounded fantastic here as well as visually . I have also seen many modern electric jazz bands or what one would call (Smooth Jazz) as well as your classic jazz it was years ago that i saw Pat Metheny play here again excellent venue for him at he time i was surprised he was more popular at the time. John Scofield has done the Grand. they entertained a lot of the touring Tribute bands and i do mean real tribute bands that truly do the music Justice and not sound like your average bar cover band. You will not see those bands play here.
I have see John scofield here. Chicago has played the Grand, and you can also catch many of the classic rock bands that come through the area that do not fill the very large rooms or stadiums any more for that matter as well Stewart Copeland has played the grand whom was the drummer for the police.
So in short all in all this is an excellent venue for those of us who like to sit down in a comfortable setting and comfortable surroundings and listen to the music and actually visualize a show you will not have a problem with people getting up and down in your row every ten minutes or your drunken neighbor sitting next to you and yelling to his friend sitting next to him trying to talk over the music through out the show.
it is for the some what sophisticated music lover or someone that at least has respect for all the people around him.
If an artist that you enjoy and want to watch and listen to in a sit down environment
you will be very happy here. If you are looking for a place geared for a heavy rock seen where people are up and down and parting at the bar ET. this is not for you. have dinner before you go have a few drinks before you go get a drink to take to your seat get yourself feeling good not smashed and make a good night of the show.
that is what the grand is all about.
Written October 9, 2019
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MWazie
Landenberg, Pa192 contributions
The place is small enough so that there really is not a bad seat anywhere. Went to see George Thorogood and the 'Delaware' Destroyers. The sound was great and NOT too loud. Their bars, like the local restaurants, were running specials on 1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, and 1 Beer.
General comments:
Up-stair seats can be challenging for some attendees, as there are no handrails as you go down to your seats.
There is absolutely no good place to stand up and 'dance' to the music. We saw firsthand how some folks were told to sit down, or move out of the aisles because they were blocking the views of other patrons.
Overall a good place for an intimate gathering.
Written October 4, 2019
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