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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.

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140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich, IL 60548

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The Sandwich Opera House from a World War I-era postcard. Courtesy of Sandwich Opera House.

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The Opera House after a thorough renovation. Photo by Brighter Visions Photography courtesy of Sandwich Opera House.

 

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