Granada Theater

6427 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

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Abandoned GRANADA Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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Built in 1926 for the Marks Brothers circuit, this was one of the largest movie palaces on Chicago’s Far North Side, located in Rogers Park. In November 1929, the theater was acquired by the Balaban & Katz chain. The Granada Theater was originally designed by Edward Eichenbaum (of the firm of Levy & Klein) for both live stage shows and movies, but by the 1940’s, was only showing films. It remained open until the late-1970’s.

The Granada Theater was used for rock concerts sporadically during the early to mid-1980’s, but eventually closed entirely.

It was torn down in 1990, after being stripped of all its remaining decoration. An apartment/retail complex (named for the Granada) was constructed in its place.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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WilliamMcQuade on April 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I had the pleaure of being in the theater in 1986 when a new owner full of high hopes took over. Reality than set in. It was an experience. Only in the US do we destroy our architectural treasures in the name of progress, Very sad.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I heard once that it was the building owner who removed the decorative glass from the center of the grand window. The story goes that he did a poor job of packing and the window was destroyed in transit to another part of the U.S.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Here is a nice early lobby view

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

September 18th, 1926 grand opening ad is in the photo section for this theatre.

markg on July 14, 2012 at 6:50 am

Who remembers or has pictures of the sculture in the lobby of Abe Lincoln as boy in the Granada

CSWalczak on October 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

An interior photo of the Granada’s audtorium probably taken not long before the theater’s demolition can be seen here.

LouRugani on January 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I’m wondering if the Three Stooges festival I attended in March, 1986 was on the last night the Granada was open. It was cold in the Granada although the heat was on, but the large audience remained throughout. In the poster cases outside, there were announcements of new ownership and presentations to come, yet I never read of anything else ever offered at the Granada.

MadameLaZonga on June 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

Markg-Please get in touch. I am anxious to learn what you know about the Lincoln sculpture. I think I know where it is.

DavidZornig on August 31, 2015 at 11:58 pm

“MASH” at the Granada. Source unknown.

DavidZornig on November 19, 2015 at 7:14 am

11-19-75 photo added. Photo and copy courtesy of Tim O'Neill.

40 years ago tonight, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST had its world premiere at the Granada Theatre; presented by the Chicago International Film Festival. I wasn’t there but I heard the house was rocking. A packed auditorium in a giant 3400-seat North Side movie palace, Irv Kupcinet appeared on stage and introduced Jack Nicholson to the audience. Milos Forman was there as well. The audience loved the movie. This movie would go on to box-office success and 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1975. It is a 1970s classic. I wish I was at the Granada Theatre on that historic night. It must have been epic.

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