Historic Grand Opera House nearly completed, but won’t reopen until mid-September
By Doug Zellmer • of The Northwestern • March 26, 2010
Repairs are nearly completed to the historic Grand Opera House, but don’t expect the downtown Oshkosh icon to be back in business until early fall.
Joe Ferlo, executive director of the Grand, said plans are to reopen sometime in mid-September. The nearly $2 million of repairs to the city of Oshkosh owned Grand built in 1883 are expected to be finished in April.
Ferlo said restored artwork, including ceiling and cove murals, is among the work to be done next month.
After repair work is completed, Ferlo said time will be needed to put back more than 650 theater chairs, along with completion on a variety of maintenance projects that include cleaning and making sure all theater systems are reinstalled and function properly.
“When we re-open we want the building to be spit shined and ready to go,” Ferlo said. “One thing I’ve learned in the last year in talking to people that was gratifying to hear is how much they miss the Grand. I’m looking forward to an emotional re-reopening.”