Granada Theater

537 Commerce Street,
Bluefield, WV 24701

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Granada Theater

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Granada Theater dates back to at least 1927 when a Wurlitzer theater organ was installed. A 1932 City Directory gives an address range of 537-543 Commerce Street for the Granada Theatre.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

RobertFrench
RobertFrench on July 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Patsy: The Wurlitzer organ is alive and well and living in the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington, WV It was removed from the Granada, probably in 1970 and lived in Evansville, IN. in a private residence for nearly 30 years. In 2000 it was moved to the Keith Albee Theater where it resides today. Check out the site on Facebook: Keith Albee Theater Organ.

RobertFrench
RobertFrench on July 20, 2010 at 7:57 am

The last time I was in Bluefield (Nov. 2009) the Granada Theater building was still standing. The Wurlitzer organ, Opus 1790, is at the Keith Albee Theater, Huntington, WV. It would be great to restore the Cohen Granada Theater to its original splendor as an Art Deco movie house. I need to do research on the beginnings of the theater in late 1927 and early 1928. The organ was shipped from the Wurlitzer factory in November, 1927.

Patsy
Patsy on July 20, 2010 at 8:05 am

Granada: Thanks for the updated information on this theatre. It would be grand if this theatre could be restored for future generations and for those of us who recall the older art deco theatres when they were new and vital to so many communities. My former hometown theatre was art deco and I miss it every day.

Erasmusinwv2
Erasmusinwv2 on July 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Is this theater still around? I am in the process of buying and rehabbing the Philippi Grand and if it proves profitable I want to work on reopening other theaters in WV, KY, OH, PA, MD, and VA. There are so many wonderful old theaters with more character than any modern cookie cutter places.

Patsy
Patsy on July 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

The Wurlitzer factory was in North Tonawanda NY (suburb of Buffalo).

RobertFrench
RobertFrench on June 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

To all, the Granada Theater in Bluefield is coming back to life. The theater was bought by the Bluefield Development Authority and will be operated by the Bluefield Preservation Society. It did have a small life as a night club, but the BPS is working hard to begin restoration of the theater later on this year into both a performing arts center and cinema. I’m looking forward to seeing the reinstallation of the Wurlitzer Style EX, Opus 1790, in the next year or so.

RobertFrench
RobertFrench on June 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

In its life as a night club, the interior was painted and the floor leveled; however, all of that can be reversed and I’m hopeful that it will come back to life as a theater…..HOORAY! for the few dedicated members of the Bluefield Preservation Society.

JHHurley
JHHurley on October 2, 2013 at 11:02 am

Bluefield Preservation Society needs photographs (exterior and interior) of the Granada Theater(pre-night club) for our architect. Can you help us get the word out? Thank you!

Patsy
Patsy on October 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

Nice to learn through a few recent posts that this theatre may be returned to its former life as a theatre and not a night club. Sorry to learn that the floor was leveled though. Is there anyone who could give me a tour as I and my husband will be passing through the Bluefield area on November 10 of this year?

jeffconn
jeffconn on September 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

The BPS has reopened the Granada as a community center. The Granada has hosted concerts and Bingo in its latest revival. http://www.bluefieldpreservationsociety.com/

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater