Granada Theatre

1216 State Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Metropolitan's Granada Theatre exterior

The Granada Theatre is Santa Barbara’s oldest standing movie palace, opening on April 9, 1924, and is the tallest building in the city.

The eight story building that surrounds the theatre belies the Spanish architecture that lies within. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. Although the theatre was triplexed under Metropolitan Theatres, the Granada Theatre was returned to its original appearance, reopening on March 6, 2008. It mixed movies and shows into its lineup. By 2019 movies had been dropped from the programing.

The theatre is now best known as the home of the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

bhamber on January 25, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Attention! March 9th free Open House of Granada’s extensive restoration. Just the rare event Cinematreasure fans will love to experience. See if you need “proof” the drive up from LA will be worthwhile.

According to homepage:
The Opening Celebrations kick off with a tribute to the theatre’s Hard Hats March 4th. The Opening Gala follows on the 6th, featuring performances by the theatre’s resident companies… Then on Sunday the 9th, the entire community will have a chance to tour the new theatre at a free Open House. The series concludes March 14th with a special performance by Natalie Cole presented by The Granada and Jacalyn Kane Productions and sponsored by SAGE Publications.

Shocked no one has posted this news before now.

CHunt on January 28, 2008 at 6:05 pm

If you have memories of the old Granada, please send them to:

We’ll put the best ones up on our website!

HalConklin on March 25, 2008 at 11:31 pm

The Granada was reborn on March 6, 2008, with a Gala event, highlighting the theater as the new home of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Ballet, Santa Barbara Opera, Community Arts Music Association, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and three producers of Broadway shows. The architectural restoration is a masterpiece, and the acoustics are remarkable.

kvnsct69 on July 11, 2008 at 6:42 pm

One of my favorite memories is my grandmother taking me to see “Mary Poppins” at this theatre in the 1960s. I will never forget it. And then we saw “The Sound of Music” at The Arlington. Two fantastic theatres.

bojeta on June 18, 2011 at 8:03 am

Anyone have some good photos of the theater before the big vertical Granada sign was installed? I know during the 40’s and 50’s it was the Warner theater. The first movie I remember seeing there Hard Days Night in the 60’s. I also remember seeing THX1138 there before anyone knew who George Lucas was.

Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

A few 2011 photos can be seen here and here.

stevenj on October 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Interior and exterior photos added.

DavidZornig on May 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

1967 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

DavidZornig on January 25, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Vimeo link with the history of the Granada.

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