Grand Theatre

1139 G Avenue,
Douglas, AZ 85607

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GRAND Theatre; Douglas, Arizona.

Opened in 1919, this theatre is currently under restoration. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Originally it also housed a tea room, candy store and barbershop. Site of many stage productions and movies. The Grand Theatre was closed in 1958.

Phases I-III of restoration is virtually complete, including installation of projection equipment, many parts of phases IV & V have been completed or are underway.

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thegrinch
thegrinch on December 3, 2006 at 9:37 pm

The Grand theatre was one of many theatres in southern AZ built or operated by the Diamos brothers. It had a Wurlitzer model 135 organ equipped with a roll player. The organ or parts of it are in storage in a Douglas church. Eugene Durfee was the architect for either the Ritz or Liberty theatre in Jerome, AZ also. He got that job because Jerome was also a big mining town and Durfee did work for the mines and was friendly with the Diamos brothers. Don Story

stg11
stg11 on January 18, 2008 at 12:39 pm

The new website for The Grand Theatre is http://grandtheatredouglas.org

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm

This site discusses the goals of a non-profit organization involved with the Grand:
http://tinyurl.com/265rro

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Here is a June 2008 article from the AZ Daily Star:
http://tinyurl.com/dack3o

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm

From the early 1900s a postcard view of the Grand Theatre in Douglas.

spectrum
spectrum on October 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

New official website is: http://grandtheatredouglas.org/site/

Quite a bit of progress – they’ve virtually completed restoration phases I through III, and have completed some parts of Phases 4 and 5. Quite a job too. Some of the pre-restoration photos show the auditorium with the roof, ceiling and part of the auditorium wallks completely gone – looks like a two-level outdoor theatre! But a lot hsa been done since then and their plan calls for complete restoration/recreation of the archictural details.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 10, 2018 at 6:45 pm

The old official web site link is dead. The restoration of the Grand has been taken on by a new organization, Border Arts Corridor, which has this page about the project on their web site. What remains of the building is in rough shape. The roof is still off the auditorium, and Google’s street view of the 12th street side shows what look to me like some serious cracks in the wall. Unless somebody drops a load of money on this project I doubt it will be finished anytime soon.

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