Grand Old Lady of Sandwich
The playwright Arthur Miller once said that politics is a lot like acting. Maybe the citizens of Sandwich had a similar thought
in mind when building the Sandwich Opera House in 1878.
With city government offices on the first floor and a grand theater on the second floor, the
Opera House became the
town's cultural center when it was inaugurated in 1879. Though it has weathered rough times since its construction – abandoned and run down, it was almost demolished in the 1970s to make way for a parking lot – the theatre has made a comeback.
Now renovated to its original appearance, the Sandwich Opera House once again hosts plays and music, lectures and recitals,
and even serves as a grand setting for the occasional wedding.
140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich, IL 60548
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See Sandwich Opera House peformer
Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues perform on
Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2001.