Granada Theater

1216 State Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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The Granada Theater 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 theater belies the Spanish architecture that lies within. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. Although the theater was triplexed under Metropolitan Theatres, the Granada Theater was returned to its original appearance, reopening on March 6, 2008. It now mixes movies and shows into its lineup.

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

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Coate
Coate on April 22, 2007 at 7:49 pm

Here’s a page of photos taken during 2006. There’s also a newspaper ad for when the GRANADA began showing movies in 70mm.

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artslover
artslover on April 29, 2007 at 9:32 am

The Granada Restoration Project-read all about it here:

http://www.granadasb.org

Knatcal
Knatcal on July 25, 2007 at 1:13 pm

On my recent trip to Santa Barbara I was lucky enough to see a film at the nearby Arlington Theatre. On my way there I walked by the Granada Theater. The facade of the building is scafolded however the front of the building was open and the interior of the building was visible. It looked like much of the interior had been removed. I never went to the Granada Theater but I would have loved to have seen it in its hay day.

bhamber
bhamber on January 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Attention! March 9th free Open House of Granada’s extensive restoration. Just the rare event Cinematreasure fans will love to experience. See http://www.granadasb.org/about-us.html if you need “proof” the drive up from LA will be worthwhile.

According to http://www.granadasb.org 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
CHunt on January 28, 2008 at 8:05 pm

If you have memories of the old Granada, please send them to:
http://www.granadasb.org/contact-us.asp

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

HalConklin
HalConklin on March 26, 2008 at 1:31 am

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
kvnsct69 on July 11, 2008 at 8:42 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
bojeta on June 18, 2011 at 10:03 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
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

A few 2011 photos can be seen here and here.

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