Granada Theatre

104 N. Ninth Street,
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

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stormdog
stormdog on January 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I just shot some photos of the Granada Theater on my trip through Southern Illinois this Summer. Here’s a link to them on my Flickr page.

jwballer
jwballer on April 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Also known as the fox theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Another 2009 photo is here.

jwballer
jwballer on November 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm

status should be open

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 18, 2009 at 10:23 am

This is a website for the Granada.

kingcityeditor
kingcityeditor on October 11, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Astromonkey, David Lister can be reached at He’s the guy in the know. The group also has a list serve: If you want to be added to the list serve, you can e-mail with that request.

astromonkey
astromonkey on October 11, 2008 at 11:51 am

I used to work at this theater when I was a kid … closed the doors on its last day as a movie house. Good to see that there are people working to fix it up as it has lots of potential to be a beautiful landmark for the area.

Does anyone have any contact info for the people who are working to fix it up?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 14, 2008 at 9:40 pm

This December 17, 2007 article claims that the Granada Theater re-opened for its 70th anniversary. Anyone know if that was a special one time event, or is this theater currently open?

Broan
Broan on August 5, 2007 at 10:18 pm

There did not appear to be a lot of work going on presently at the theater, but there was a scissors lift in the lobby and a front end loader in back, so perhaps something is going on. This looked like by far the coolest of the three theaters along this street, and seems to retain an abnormal amount of decor, at least in the lobby. The chandeliers are particularly fantastic. I hope this project pulls through, it looks like a very worthy theater!
Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ctid3205/

RaneyOnline
RaneyOnline on July 4, 2007 at 7:55 am

Join the Granada Theater group on Yahoo! to read current events or to post questions, comments, stories, or pictures concerning the granada Theater in downtown Mt.Vernon, Illinois.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/granadatheater

RaneyOnline
RaneyOnline on May 20, 2007 at 10:49 pm

I wish I was still in the area so I could volunteer to help restore the Granada Theater. I am so proud of the work that has been do so far. I wish you all the best of luck in re-opening the theater and finding events that will make the Granada the social hub of downtown Mt.Vernon, Illinois.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 9, 2005 at 10:59 am

This is a larger photo of the Granada Theater. I also found the following info on this building:

Granada Theater
108 North 9th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Legal Description:
Lot 37 in Block 16 and the 20 feet off the South side of Lot 36 in Block 16 in Storm’s Survey of the town, now city, of Mt. Vernon, in the County of Jefferson and State of Illinois.
Lot Size: 79 feet north and south by 223.25 feet east and west.
Building Dimensions: 79 feet north and south by 183 feet east and west; approximately 14,656 square feet floor space.
Former Use: Theater with two adjoining retail spaces.
Composition:
Interior walls: plaster and paneling
Exterior walls: brick
Roof: composition
Floors: concrete and carpet
Restrooms: two
Heating: hot water boiler.
Air Conditioning: central
Property Zoning: B-1, Primary Business District and within the Mt. Vernon, IL/Jefferson County Enterprise Zone.

melders
melders on August 31, 2005 at 10:03 pm

There was an article in the paper today that a marquee restoration drive is underway.

KenRoe
KenRoe on March 13, 2005 at 3:24 pm

The Granada Theatre was operated by Fox Midwest Amusement Corp. in the 1940’s. The Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 gives a seating capacity of 1,000. In the 1950 edtion of F.D.Y. seating is given as 1,200.

kingcityeditor
kingcityeditor on March 13, 2005 at 3:07 pm

Glad to see so much interest in the Granada. There is no single owner, and it is not for sale. The group is updating bathrooms right now (Feb 2005) and have installed fire doors in the rear of the building. Anyone with resources or who would like to make a donation may e-mail the group at The group is trying to get the building up to code in order to hold fund-raising events. Another theater in Mt. Vernon, the Plaza, is also being renovated but not as a theater. It had been converted to an office, and the tin ceiling had been covered. That is being opened up now. It’s been hidden behind a false ceiling for 30 years.

melders
melders on December 15, 2004 at 1:18 am

Heard on the news tonight that the Mt. Vernon High School choir(I hope that is the choir) sang here today for a Rotary Club luncheon. The owner(or at least the man in charge of restoration) said that things have been going ok and that people are starting to get interested in restoration. It was mentioned though that several thousand dollars was still needed to reopen the theater to the public.

melders
melders on July 7, 2004 at 1:52 am

No, I haven’t heard anything about this theater since I first saw it on the news.

melders
melders on March 30, 2004 at 1:23 pm

This theater was on the local news in early March. It is being restored for use as a community center.