From 1893 to 1899, the Opera House
was the site of Shakespearean plays, lectures, Minneapolis Symphony
concerts and an actual opera or two.
Like many other midwestern Opera Houses , it was converted to a
moving picture venue (called the Grand Theater) in 1908 before succumbing
to fire in 1927. (In 1884, this site, now home to the Paramount
Theater building, housed a roller skating rink at the height of
a national craze for this activity.)