Granada Theatre

5011 California Avenue SW,
Seattle, WA 98136

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Granada Theatre

Opened as the Egyptian Theatre in 1927. By 1941 it had been renamed Granada Theatre. It was demolished in the mid-1970’s.

Contributed by William Gabel

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William on November 18, 2003 at 3:11 pm

The Granada Theatre seated 762 people.

Gooper on February 22, 2005 at 5:23 pm

This sprightly little house enjoyed its sunset years as ‘The Granada Organ Loft’. Silent pictures, both well known and obscure, were screened here, accompanied by live pipe organ playing. My childhood recollections are dim about the place, but I remember my family and I went only once. Can’t recall the picture, but the pipe organ was especially fine. In special passages of organ pieces, a delightful ‘special effects’ box would open above the procenium, revealing an ingenious and endearing display of mechanical tambourines and other percussion instruments, which of course made a big hit with the audience. Its innocence and charm are long gone.
Most certainly the organ was preserved, but I have no idea where or how. I believe the ‘Seattle Times’ ran a few stories on the Granada’s demise (early 1970s?).

kateymac01 on October 30, 2005 at 9:02 pm

Here is a detailed history of the Granada …

It says a Denny’s restaurant now sits on the site.

ColinMarcoe on November 9, 2005 at 7:56 pm

Katie, A Sambo’s restaurant(remember them?) opened after the Granada was demolished in the mid 70’s, and then it became a Denny’s. A condo complex now resides on the site.

kencmcintyre on December 29, 2005 at 6:05 pm

There is a 1946 photo of the theater on this site. Enter theaters as a search term and browse the photos:

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kateymac01 on January 2, 2006 at 9:17 pm

According to the Web site ken mc has listed above:

“The Granada Theatre on California Avenue in West Seattle was built in 1927. It had 746 seats, a balcony crying room, and a separate smoking room. The building was designed by architect G.C. Field and renovated by B.M. Priteca.”

Maybe that’s supposed to be M.B. Priteca?

PGlenat on January 2, 2006 at 10:12 pm

No that’s correct…but better known as B. Marcus Priteca. He was the favored architect of most, if not all, of Alexander Pantages theatres.

kateymac01 on January 3, 2006 at 9:12 am

Gosh, my error. I always think his name is Marcus B. Priteca. I should know better!

George Kramer
George Kramer on August 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm This link implies the interior of the theatre was designed or executed by “E.C. Weissenborn,” but I believe that would be “A. Weissenborn,” who ran the Weissenborn Decorating Company. Does anyone have any information on that firm?

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