Grand Theater

212 E. Main Street,
Visalia, CA 93279

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The Grand Theater was part of the West Side-Valley Theaters chain in the early-1960’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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janey
janey on July 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I vaguely remember the Grand from my childhood. It was on the north side of E. Main St, probably the 200 block, a block east and across the street from the Hyde. Like the Hyde it showed second run films, mostly westerns and some Spanish language. First run films all played the Fox and Visalia Theaters.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

There is a brief reference to the Grand Theatre in Boxoffice of November 5, 1949. The manager at that time was named Phil Harris. The 1963 edition of Film Daily Yearbook listed the Grand and Visalia Theatres in Visalia as part of the West Side-Valley Theatre Circuit.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 3, 2013 at 10:27 am

I should add that being listed in the FDY doesn’t mean that a theater was still in operation. The 1963 edition listed the Garvey Theatre in Garvey, California, as part of the Edwards' Theatres Circuit. The Garvey was my old neighborhood theater, and by 1963 it had been in use as a church for about five years. It never reopened as a theater. In fact, the town was not even called Garvey anymore. The area had been called South San Gabriel since about 1952, so FDY had some serious issues with keeping its listings updated. Visalia’s Grand Theatre might have been closed for many years by 1963.

RogerC
RogerC on August 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm

One year the Visalia Grand dipped it’s toes into foreign language films. While the bulk of the week was sub run or Spanish, they ran an “art film” one or two nights mid-week. (Wed-Thursday?) I saw Kurosawa’s High and Low there. A 1963 film.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Thanks for the update, RogerC. It’s good to hear from someone with first-hand information, since some print sources we use are sometimes unreliable.

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