Keylor Grand Theatre

203 W. Alder Street,
Walla Walla, WA 99362

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The Keylor Grand Opera House was built by Howard R. Keylor in 1905. Its large stage made it one of the leading stops for touring companies in the west, and it hosted such spectacles as the 1909 tour of the stage production of “Ben Hur”.

The Keylor Grand Theatre presented live theater until closing around 1930 and then remained dark for nearly a decade. It was later reopened as a movie house, which it remained through the early-1940’s. After that it became a venue for wrestling matches and other live events. In 1954 the auditorium was demolished, but the large stage house was converted to a garage. The stage house remains standing today.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 9, 2009 at 12:37 am

The web site Walla Walla History has a pair of then and now photos of the Keylor Grand (click on the 4th thumbnail in the left-side frame on that page.)

The business currently situated in the theater’s old stage house (and a small modern addition) is an outfit going by the unusual name of H&H Sports and Loan. They give their address as 203 W. Alder Street, so that was probably the address of the theater as well.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 7, 2009 at 7:21 am

Here is an article from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin dated 5/15/54:
http://tinyurl.com/nl6l24
http://tinyurl.com/nj55dc
http://tinyurl.com/lsqyr6

jonnyh
jonnyh on September 27, 2011 at 3:45 am

More links:

http://wallawalladrazanphotos.blogspot.com/2009/12/keylor-grand-theatre.html

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8342

http://www.thadsworld.net/2011/09/low-rise/

http://nwda-db.orbiscascade.org/findaid/ark:/80444/xv95245

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/17259

http://wallawallahistory.com/

http://www.whitman.edu/magazine/spring1999/speech.html

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=87565&cat=boxer

http://www.narhist.ewu.edu/pnf/articles/s1/vii-1/goodsamaritans/goodsamaritans.html

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