The Grand Opera House in Macon reveals extensive renovations

The architecture, classical music filling the halls and clinking of glasses in The Grand Opera House Monday hearkened back to the theater’s first opening.

This time, patrons were celebrating the completion of extensive renovations to The Grand Opera House. The invitation-only reception featured music played by musicians from Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

An open house for the public was scheduled for Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“I think people will come in. I think they’ll really be amazed by what has happened in the last, you know, couple years with the renovations,” said Joe Patti, the executive director of The Grand Opera House.

The renovations included expanding the restroom facilities, redesigning the Encore Room and constructing the new CenterState Reception Room, which was previously used for storage, according to a news release.

Cole Dunaway, who attended the reveal, called the changes “phenomenal.”

“They’ve done a fantastic job with the renovations,” Dunaway said. “It’s a top-notch facility here in Macon, Georgia.”

The remodeling project was funded through a special purpose local option sales tax that Macon-Bibb County residents voted for in November 2016, according to the release. The latest renovations completed the second phase of the $3 million project.

The Grand Opera House officially will reopen Oct. 19 with a showing of “The Allman Brothers Band at The Grand Opera House,” featuring a recording of the band playing in the opera house in 1973 and a 2014 recording called “Back to Macon,” which features Gregg Allman playing in the theater, according to the release. Tickets are $5.

“I hope y’all will agree, those of you that have been here off and on over the years, that what we have created here is a much grander Grand than was here before,” said George McCanless, chairman of The Grand Opera House board of governors.