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Cool memories! I only know about this theatre because of the architect (who I’m researching now). James Whitford Sr. He did several other theatre’s and his son did a few as well. Just thought I’d throw that tidbit out – I’m an architectural historian so finding out the architect of these amazing buildings is what I love! Thanks for the great stories!
Thanks for the new info, I’ll take a closer look!
The Grand Theatre was designed in 1929 by architect Charles Altfillisch. He’s listed with one theatre the Watts, in Osage. Not sure how to add this one to his list.
Confused…why is this listed under Rapp and Rapp Architects?
Is this definitely a Rapp and Rapp? I ask because Cornelius died in 1926, George in 1942. If it opened in 1949, they were both gone.
Any new information? What have they decided? Curious!
It was turned into a Walgreen’s with expensive living space above (a 2 bd, 1200 sf, apt sold for $800,000 last year). Sad but at least the building wasn’t ripped down like so many others. Just turned into housing that no one can afford.
You probably already know this, but I just saw this page. The address is now 3306 Garrison. It probably changed because it was originally the first building on the block and/or the building where the gas station is faced the other street. Either way, great building! Btw, the architect was the son of the Glidden Varnish/Paint founder.