Ganado Cinema

120 S. Third Street,
Ganado, TX 77962

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Ganado Cinema

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Opened in 1941, the Ganado Cinema is a classic theater that operates today in downtown Ganado, Texas, a small town 30 miles northeast of Victoria. It has modern seating and sound equipment, but still has the ambience of an antique theater. The Ganado Cinema is currently the only operating movie theater in Jackson County, Texas.

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cwfrick
cwfrick on September 5, 2005 at 6:05 am

i was wondering when someone was going to add the Ganado Theatre to this website. i absolutely love the Ganado Theatre. the sound system in the theatre is the best that i have ever heard, better than even the big chain theatres. the owner, Alvin Svoboda is a very nice person and obviously cares about his classic theatre. i have only been able to visit the theatre once, but i thoroughly enjoyed it. Alvin was kind enough to show me around the theatre. it still has the seperate entrance(though not in use) and the balcony is still in use. he took out some of the seating to make more leg room and comfort. although the screen has been moved forward, the stage is still present. when i visited his theatre he had up vintage pictures of then local theatres, one of which was in bay city but is now a church. Alvin seems to have made a decision to keep the theatre as “vintage” as possible with the exception of his booth equipment. i love this theatre and i look forward to visiting it again.

wbuttner
wbuttner on April 28, 2006 at 6:50 am

The Ganado Theater is truley a “treasure” and Ganado is lucky to have Alvin perserve so many memories for so many of us. Born and raised in Ganado I have soooo many fond memories of the theater – 20 cents to get in – stayed all day – my girlfriends mother would send us sandwiches and Ms. Stahla (manager) calling your parents when you were acting up and asking them to come and get you!! – and who can forget your first romance and kiss at the theater!!!

Thanks Alvin! – oh yeah and when you visit don’t forget to get a hot dog and ask for saurkraut on it, because it’s homemade by Alvin! – now that’s a treat!!!

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on October 30, 2009 at 8:19 pm

A new sign is on the way to the Ganado. It is expected to be installed late Nov. 09. Check out this newspaper article in the Victoria Advocate. 10/28/09

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trailerjoh
trailerjoh on October 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Here are some photos taken in Jan 09.

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trailerjoh
trailerjoh on February 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

The Ganado now has digital projection as of this weekend. Here is a current photo. Be sure to eat at the Ganado Cafe next door. You won’t be disappointed.

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trailerjoh
trailerjoh on February 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Also, a notice in the Victoria Advocate:

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Dramatrauma
Dramatrauma on February 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

I know a lot of you dislike seeing a new movie in a theater (rude audience,price,quality of modern films,cost of gas etc) But hopefully those of you nearby will support the owner who wiped out his life savings to stay a first run house by patronising the Ganado when you can.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

The 1941 Ganado Theatre was designed by Houston architect Ernest L. Shult, and was on a list of his theater projects that was published in the 1950 Theatre Catalog. Prior to establishing his own practice, Shult was a long-time associate of theater architect Alfred Charles Finn.

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