Granada Theatre

212 N. Michigan Street,
South Bend, IN 46617

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south bend Granada Theatre 1929

The 2,500-seat Granada Theatre opened on February 16, 1927 with Lewis Stone in “An Affair of the Follies”. The 3 manual Wurlitzer organ was opened by organist Floyd N. Young. The theatre was designed by K.M. Vitzhum, who also designed the Lerner Theatre (now the Elco Performing Arts Center) in Elkhart. By 1941 the Granada Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary John Balaban. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957.

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figaro14 on August 31, 2009 at 5:27 pm

The Granada was my favorite theater in South Bend. Even though looking very worn by the 1960’s, it still had the grandeur of the Spanish courtyard and created a very realistic illusion that one was looking up into the night sky inside the courtyard. At one time, stars twinkled and clouds moved across the ceiling to enhance the illusion. It stood directly across from the Palace (now the Morris Performing Arts Center). I always thought that the South Bend Granada was a mirror to the Chicago Granada, and part of the Balaban & Katz chain and used the same design as the Chicago Granada which was originally designed by Edward Eichenbaum, but the first entry on here appears to contradict this.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Love to have that one-sheet and 8 by 10 color today have idea what a real theatre was.this my friends was a real movie house.

TheaterJunkie on September 3, 2010 at 4:48 am

If anyone is interested there is an old Floyd Patterson fight night ticket stub on ebay that showed at the Granada. Would be pretty cool for someone that went or if you knew someone that went. Take care. Here is the link.
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Malinda on January 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Wow, my name is Malinda Williams-Pearman and I have just stumbled onto this web site. I remember Cosimo and the Granada theater very well. My father Jewell Williams considered Cosimo a good friend and was the stage manager there for years, until it was demolished. I would love to get my hands on anything vintage Granada. I still remember getting into the movies for free and taking home those large bags of left-over popcorn when they emptied the popcorn machine at night. Best wishes to Cosimo and family!

Sontaran6 on July 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

The Granada Theatre was located in the parkland situated to the right side of the Google Map picture heading this CT page. The building, formerly at the NE corner of Michigan St. and Colfax Ave., is gone. The (fuzzy) theater in the picture’s left distance is the Morris Arts (ex-Palace). None — none! — of this display’s linked photos show the Granada; for the most part, they show the Morris or the State, other theaters still on South Bend’s Michigan Street. One photo of the Granada’s exterior is linked among the “Comments”.

Sontaran6 on July 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

The Google Map picture has been corrected. The Granada Theatre was located in the park shown. Its marquee and entrance, facing Michigan Street, were situated more-or-less where the prominent row of trees now stand.

figaro14 on October 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

The Granada Theatre was a fine example of atmospheric style movie palace architecture. Even in its later days, the theatre was in fine shape and still created the incredible illusion that one was sitting in a Spanish courtyard in the evening. While the theatre had long stopped using the cloud and star illusions on the sky dome ceiling, it was still a magnificant structure and the fact that it was torn down a terrible historical loss. The marquee and font style of the theater’s name was a smaller duplicate of Chicago’s Granada Theatre. I wish I had taken photographs of the theatre when I worked there. I could never imagine something so beautiful could ever be demolished.

sam siklas
sam siklas on December 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

I was surprised today to find some color interior shots of this theater, taken in 1971. They were made during the removal of the 3 manual WurliTzer. I found them on website. I worked my way through there opus list, the first listing for South Bend is in l921. Once I found that, I clicked on South Bend, and the Granada was shown. Click on Granada (if needed) and you should be able to view these shots. As I said, it was nice to run across these, as interior photos of this this one are hard to find. == Sam ==

DavidZornig on August 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm

1955 photo added credit South Bend Tribune.

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