Granada Theatre

513 Chestnut Street,
Virginia, MN 55792

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm

The January 28, 1950, issue of Boxoffice had a brief article saying that an antitrust suit had been filed against major film producers and distributors by “…Rose and Lewis Deutsch, owners of the Granada Theatre in Virginia, Minnesota, a 630-seat house built in 1936.”

The Deutsch’s had difficulty obtaining films on opening the theater in 1936 until they signed an agreement with the dominant regional exhibitor, Minnesota Amusement Company, which allowed them to get first run or second run product, but only if their partners got the biggest share of the revenues (this was a very common situation for independent theater operators to be in during that time.)

When the agreement ended in 1946, the Deutsch’s were again unable to get first run product. Their lawsuit claimed that, due to collusion between producers, distributors, and the Minnesota Amusement Company, the Deutsches had suffered $75,000 in business losses.

Chris1982 on July 1, 2014 at 3:05 am

The Granada Theatre was owned by Louis & David Deutsch. It was listed as open in 1937.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 9, 2010 at 10:59 pm

As you look at the photos, the building on the right hand side survives today.

The lot is now occupied by Virginia Senior Citizens Center, using 511 Chestnut St. as their address.

packer on January 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm

great photos. Sadly, this theatre is long gone. There was a fire in the building next door as noted in the above pics. I don’t remember the exact details on why the theatre was torn down? Possibly a second fired in the same building’s shell? I enjoyed many movies here as a kid and young adult. An old friend of mine used to work here as an usher. Those were the days when the usher would walk down the long aisles with a flashlight and tell you to get your feet off the seat in front of you. There is a 6 plex in the neighboring town. Compares nothing to these grand old theatres of course.