Rowena Theatre

81 W. Boston Street,
Chandler, AZ 85225

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This two-story building was originally constructed as the Chandler Theatre in 1920 by David A. Jacobson, the first elected mayor of Chandler. It was later equipped to accommodate new the talking movies and was renamed the Granada Theatre. In 1932 it was purchased by Joe and Alice Woods and operated under the name of the Rowena Theatre until 1960.

Contributed by John Schroeder

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 16, 2007 at 8:54 am

Here is the website for the current occupants:
http://www.disciacca.com/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 8, 2008 at 11:06 am

Information comes from the Chandleraz.gov website:

This theater building was equipped with all the most modern amenities available in 1920, seating 600 patrons and complete with a heating and cooling system. Bill Menhennet opened this theater as the Chandler Theater in 1922, and also was the proprietor of the original theater in the Monroe building. Later, the Chandler Theater became the Grenada. In 1932, the building was purchased by Joe and Alice Woods, who named their theater “Rowena,” after Joe’s mother. In the early days, Joe Woods operated the projector and Alice would sell the tickets. A section was always reserved for
prominent guests of the San Marcos. In 1939, Joe Woods had a new sound system installed that rivaled the finest theaters in the country. That same year, guests to the Rowena might have enjoyed such classics as The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland, or the re-release of King Kong, with Fay Wray. The Woods family closed the Rowena in 1960 and focused their attention on the Parkway Theater on San Marcos Place.

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