Granada Theater

117 S. Monroe Street,
Streator, IL 61364

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Granada Theater

Built on the site of the Monroe Theatre. The Granada Theater opened on August 3, 1933 with Chester Morris in “Tomorrow at Seven”. It was closed on April 27, 1963 with Tippi Hedron in “The Birds”. The Granada Theater building was destroyed by fire the following day.

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RobertEndres
RobertEndres on October 25, 2017 at 8:07 am

The photo is not of the Granada. The Granada was built in the ‘40’s in the Mulford Garage building which had been converted to also house several stores including the Mulford printing company. Ken Childs built and ran the theatre until a fire destroyed the whole complex. Since the Plumb and Majestic Theatres were both Publix Great States theatres, the Granada had a deal to be the sole exhibitor of Warner Bros. pictures in Streator, while all Paramount pictures played the Plumb. The Granada also played “B” level Fox and MGM pictures. The Streator Times-Press did an article on theatres in Streator which featured a photo of the theatre when it was open and another with coverage of the fire with the marquee crashed to the street after the fire. Those are the only two photos of the theatre I’ve ever seen. As a kid I grew up attending matinees at the Granada including a series of 16mm Hopalong Cassidy titles during the days when he was big on TV. It was a particularly suitable theatre since Clarence Mulford, the creator of Hopalong Cassidy, was a Streator native and the Granada was in a building owned by the Mulford family.

RobertEndres
RobertEndres on October 25, 2017 at 8:09 am

I do stand corrected if the theatre opened in 1935 (I can check the date in a local newspaper article.) I can remember being taken there by my grandmother to see a re-release of “Snow White” when I was pre-school age probably around 1945.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 19, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Opened August 3rd, 1933 Grand opening ad in photo section

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