The Grand Ledge Opera House is a tribute to a town embracing its past while moving into the future. The building originally opened in 1884, when Grand Ledge was a thriving resort town, attracting tourists from throughout the Midwest, who were drawn to the area's natural beauty and bountiful entertainment. Located on the banks of the Grand River, it was first known as Riverside Roller Rink. Later it became Blake's Opera House, a home to theatrical troupes, athletic events and school graduations. In 1909 the building became Sackett's Opera House, then briefly a movie theater. In the late 1920's it was converted to a furniture store. In the 1980's the Mapes family of sunfield donated the building and property to the Grand Ledge Area Historical Society. The Opera House was reborn in 1993 after careful restoration accomplished with private donations and the joint effort of the Historical Society and the Grand Ledge Area Chamber of Commerce. It is now home to the Barton Theater Organ from the Michigan Theater in Lansing. Today, the Opera House, enhanced by its new Commons and Gazebo, is a vital social and cultural center at the
heart of the community.
For more information on the history of the Grand Ledge Opera House and the renovation process, please visit the Grand Ledge Area Historical