Granada Theater

2819 Church Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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fayersteve on September 23, 2005 at 7:52 am

We lived a half-block from the Granada on Church Avenue in the 1930s and 1940s. The grey-haired matron at that time was Mrs. Paramour, or Paramore. I started going to the movies there even before I started kindergarten at P.S. 246 and the matron assured my folks that she would look after me. She was also active in the Republican Club located a block or two away, near Bedford Avenue, and after we entered World War II, Mrs. Paramour marched me and others up to the club to join patriotic sing-alongs of “Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition,” and other anthems. Neighborhood kids — Fayers, Cahills, Latanzas, Tompkins, Ornsteins — also played softball in the lot adjacent to the theater, breaking an occasional window when a long ball cleared the fence and headed toward Martense Street. The bravest among us also climbed the high tower at the back of the Granada building, going up the ladder to the water tank. It would be much appreciated if someone could tell me if that tower and water tank still exist now that the building is a Rite Aid drugstore. (I need the information for a story I am writing.) Moviegoing at the Granada actually ruined my life. I could have been a doctor, or a great violinist, or who knows what. Instead, after hanging out at the Granada as a kid, I spent my working years as a writer in television and film, and only recently retired to try writing fiction, a lot of it about the old days in Brooklyn. — (signed) Skonnert.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 21, 2005 at 4:43 pm

Dead, no doubt. Ask not for whom the bell tolls…

mlp1234 on September 21, 2005 at 12:18 pm

Does anyone remember or know what happened to the grey haired matron who used to work there. I went to Holy Cross Down the block and I lived on Nostrand and Linden. So I was pretty much at the kiddie matinee every Saturday. She was always there with her button and flashlight.

frankie on July 7, 2005 at 10:07 am

In 1961 I went with my mother & sister to see a double bill of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s"and "Two Women.” When I moved to the neighborhood in the 1970’s,I saw return engagements of “Finian’s Rainbow” and “Star !”. There was a Chock Full O' Nuts next door. Nice theater. frankie from Brooklyn

teresa23 on June 22, 2005 at 7:10 pm

I used to go to this theatre when the Rugby went porn. Last movie I saw thier was Earthquake

uncleal923 on April 26, 2005 at 8:35 pm

When did the Granada finally close?

robdef on February 20, 2005 at 5:41 pm

Lived in Flatbush through the 60’s as a kid (off Church near Holy Cross Cemetary). Loved the Granada Saturday double feature monster movies, candy and half a day of fun. Saw Hard Days night and Help openings on flatbush ave (what theatre?) couldn’t hear a thing from all the girls screaming…it was a wonderful place to grow up…i had more freedom than most (my mom worked two shifts alot as a nurse)wish things were as simple for kids now as they were then.

jays on February 9, 2005 at 8:39 pm

the marquee is long gone but the structure is still standing. It’s a Duane Rade or Rite Aid wih a drop celiing on the ground floor. Some reminants of the theatre may exist above that drop ceiling

uncleal923 on February 7, 2005 at 8:56 pm

Is the marquis still there? I know the place was changed to a retail store. Then again it’s also said the Granada was demolished.

uncleal923 on January 14, 2005 at 8:46 pm

This was probably before my time, I’m not old enough to remember dish nights and stuff like that. I would like to add that in the 1980s I went to Brooklyn College and lived out on Long Island. My Mother would take me in to Kings County Hospital, where she worked, and sometimes I took the bus. When the Nostrand Avenue Bus passed the Granada I saw that old marquis and it was like seeing an old friend.

WalterA on January 13, 2005 at 3:01 pm

Lived in an apartment on the corner of Church and Nostrand Ave.,
above the subway and drug store, mid 50’s. The Granada was a big theater located on the same side of the street about half way to Rogers Ave. I love the Saturday shows…House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price, etc., news reels, cartoons, double features and the
old time on screen races…each kid got a number ticket, and if your
guy won the race, everyone who had his number won a prize. Great
times, gone forever. I could go on!

uncleal923 on December 28, 2004 at 11:07 am

That was a nice balcony, eh saps? I think I may have sat there with my family when we lived in Brooklyn.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 27, 2004 at 11:42 pm

My grandmother and great-grandmother lived at 2525 Church Avenue until the early 1970s. I think this was the first movie theater I ever went to, beginning a life-long love affair. We saw Jason and the Argonauts, circa 1963. I also saw The Greatest Story Ever Told, and Mary Poppins. As I recall we sat in the balcony.

mo649 on December 9, 2004 at 8:46 pm

Something no one has mentioned but when I was a kid in the 50’s they had an small kiddie asmusement park owned by the same people who owned the Granada. I remember having a birthday party there in late 50’s

uncleal923 on November 18, 2004 at 9:31 pm

This former kid from Brooklyn remembers that neon sign. I don’t know about its later years, but the tubing was exposed in the 1960s. To me that looked glorious.

Orlando on November 17, 2004 at 10:10 am

As a former employee of this theatre (1969-1974), I have several of the one sheets of movies that played there. While I was there, the Binn’s Driving School was near the left side and a real estate office on the right. I’ll never forget the theatre name in neon pink above a opaque glass covered marquee (flourescent backlit) with a “baby blue” border around the entire marquee. The pink neon name reflected off the copper-stoned building at night giving it it’s neighborhood charm. The “blue noen” was removed in 1971. How I miss this place and yet it will live on within me forever. Remember the Bickford’s on the same street closer to Nostrand Avenue.

mcfayer on November 17, 2004 at 9:55 am

The Granada was in the middle of the block with Abruzzo’s Luncheonette and The Pickwick Book Shop to it’s right and a photography store to it’s left. An alley ran down the left side at an incline and was used for sledding by us kids in the late 30s and 40s. My first movie was Bambi. I remember every Saturday going to the movies to see many cartoons in a row, a serial and a double feature. A colored sheet of heavy paper with the porogram printed on it was passed out as you turned in your ticket. At the end of the afternoon a color was anounced and anyone holding that color won a prize. If anyone has memorabilia from the Granada I would like to purchase it. Herb Fayer

Orlando on October 19, 2004 at 9:22 pm

When “The Jungle Book” opened Christmas 1967 at the Granada it became the theatre’s longest running booking. It played a then unheard of 7 weeks. The co-feature was “Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar”. The only other theatre in the borough playing the duo was Century’s Marine. The grosses lead Walt Disney to book both “The Happiest Millionaire” (3 Weeks) in Feb. and “Blackbeard’s Ghost” in March, both of which I saw here and hooked me on moviegoing weekly at the age of 11. The Granada also played “Mary Poppins” (3 or 4 weeks) on first run with the Brooklyn Fox in 1965 prior to the Oscars. After it won Oscars that following year, “Mary Poppins” returned in 1966 and played at the Loew’s Kings and then at the Century’s Rialto for a couple of runs during its' reissues.

uncleal923 on September 20, 2004 at 7:39 pm

I decided to say that the theater was not at the corner of Nostrand and Church, but in the middle of the block on Church Avenue. I remember the first show I saw there was the Jungle Book. I recall the theater had these red, circular lights on the walls after the houselights dimmed. IF YOU ASK ME THEY SHOULD’VE RESTORED THE PLACE. Too bad many Brooklyn Movie Palaces went to their reward. Why did they have to do it?
Alan G. Wasenius

William on November 14, 2003 at 6:17 pm

The Granada Theatre was located at 2819 Church Ave. and it seated 1563 people.

Orlando on October 18, 2003 at 6:56 am

I also worked at the Granada from 1960-
1974. There was a balcony and a loge. It opened in 1924 as the Filmland replacing an open-air theatre. It then became the Crescent and the Acova Village in late ‘20’s and early '30’s. It became the Granada in 1932. It also had a stagehouse with dressing rooms. It became $1.00 house in late 1968 as it was my local moviehouse when Mr. Schiering was leasing from Cinema V. The Golden"s followed in late 1974 and made the theatre more successful by booking films that were more popular with the everchanging neighborhood. By
1981, Cinema V took the building back and RKO/Century were the final lessee’s when it closed in 1983. The building then became a C-TOWN Supermarket and then an eletronics and bargain store. The building is still STANDING today as the RiteAid Drugstore (what else?). The building is on Church between Rogers and Nostrand Avenues. The balcony and the backstage may still be intact since the were covered over that last time I was in the building some ten years ago.
Three window arches are still visible from the street and the fire escapes have been removed. There are alleyways on each side of the building.

bruces on January 11, 2003 at 1:30 pm

Worked at the “GRANADA THEATRE” Brooklyn, NY in 1972. Your listing incorrectly says it did not have a balcony, it did. Before it was taken over by Golden Theatres, it was run for years by Max Scheiring. I believe it was built by “Cinema 5” Theatres.