Grandin Theatre

1310 Grandin Road,
Roanoke, VA 24015

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Grandin Theatre

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The Grandin Theatre in Roanoke, the only remaining classic movie house in the city, closed in November 2001 due to financial pressures amid increased competition from local multiplexes. The final, sold out screening of “The Last Picture Show” was a fitting end for the Grandin Theatre.

While owner Julie Hunsaker was forced to close the theater, the Grandin Theatre Foundation restored and reopened the theater after a $1.25 million effort.

Today, the Grandin Theatre is back and better than ever.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

RayBentley
RayBentley on February 13, 2006 at 5:43 pm

When I was a teenager attending Patrick Henry High School, I met Sam Craver who was general manager of the Grandin/Jefferson/Lee Theatres. He gave me a stack of pressbooks and spent hours showing me how movies were promoted and advertised. A year later we moved to Richmond where I got a job as an usher at a reserved seat 70mm house and eventually became the advertising director for the circuit of 100 screens from 1974 to 1996, all from the seed Mr. Craver planted. Nice folks in Roanoke!

Patsy
Patsy on February 14, 2006 at 3:40 am

I would like to visit Roanoke as I’ve been to that city many years ago and remember the star on the hill overlooking the city and the beautiful neighborhoods. A future visit would include the Grandin this time around though!

ghamilton
ghamilton on February 14, 2006 at 3:58 am

Roanoke,Patsy,is probably the most livable,pleasent place in the country,with more beauty than is given to most places.The biggest stain is the total wipe out of the former array of great downtown theaters.Several are not listed on the site,including the largest and grandest.One attraction for a traveler like me,is the traditionally lower than anywhere in the region,gas prices.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 7, 2006 at 4:23 pm

Here is a photo of the Grandin Theater.

Patsy
Patsy on December 7, 2006 at 4:45 pm

Thanks for the photo of this theater as I’ve been to Roanoke many years and don’t recall seeing it, but then again I wasn’t into theatres during my visit in the 60’s. It looks like the original ticket kios is still there, too.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 20, 2007 at 7:16 pm

The other link stopped working so here is another photo of the Grandin Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 7, 2007 at 6:02 pm

This is a night view of the Grandin Theater.

ghamilton
ghamilton on August 7, 2007 at 7:06 pm

HEY! Wasn’t the exterior of the Grandin used in the movie “Crazy People”??

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Another 1984 night photo is here.

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