In 1895 the renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham bestowed on Belfast one of his most imaginative and opulent creations. The Grand Opera House is one of Belfastâ€™s most iconic buildings, the cityâ€™s foremost cultural asset, and the only remaining Victorian theatre in Northern Ireland. The Grand Opera House was the first building in Belfast to gain Grade A listed status, and features one of the cityâ€™s richest and most splendid interiors.
In 2018 Kaleidoscope worked with the Grand Opera House Trust to develop plans for a once in a generation renovation project that would see the theatre's internal areas completely rejuvenated and restored. The Â£12m redevelopment project succeeded in securing major funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The restoration project is currently underway and is due for completion in May 2021.