Granada Theater

6427 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

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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. The Granada Theater was opened September 18, 1926 with a Jack Haskell stage show “Eastern Nights” and on the screen Belle Bennett in “The Lilly”. The Wurlitzer 4 manual 20 rank thatre organ was opened by organist Alfred F. Brown The proscenium was 60ft wide and the stage 32ft deep. Seating was provided for 3,448, with 1,833 in the orchestra level and 1,615 seats in the balcony. On November 18, 1932, the theater was acquired by the Publix/Balaban & Katz chain and it was briefly closed, reopening in 1933 presenting double feature programs. 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, operated by Plitt Theatres.

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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Scott on November 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

I happened to walk by the Granada in 1987 (I think). It was a Saturday afternoon, and there was a large drain hose coming out the front doors dumping a fairly light stream of water into the street. I peered in the door opening and didn’t see anyone, so I walked in and looked around. The interior still looked majestic, considering there was a big hole in the main archway window. It didn’t occur to me that it might be near its end. Very sad, for it was a truly stunning building, both inside and outside. Just as I remember its near twin, the Marbro, from my early teen years.

BobbyS on November 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

Two beautiful palaces!! I remember both and went to them both. Seems to me the hole in the center archway window of the Granada was removed because it was the crest of the Marks Bros. It was bought and removed by family members. The writing on the wall for the theater was at hand. The hole was never covered and was a gateway for Chicago pigeons!

Scott on November 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

The lack of respect Loyola had for the Granada was both shameful and puzzling. The Ambassador in St. Louis met the same fate for similar reasons. I am a strong believer in the capitalist system, which was responsible for theaters such as the Granada and the Ambassador being as grand as they were, but tearing these buildings down because they’re not the flavor of the week is short-sided and tragic. Sometimes the economics for saving a theater just don’t work, but I think it could have for the Granada. It had everything going for it, except the right ownership.

BobbyS on November 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm

You said it all Scott. Lack of respect for the very beautiful Granada and its long long history on the northside of Chicago. My goodness since 1926 opening, entertaining thousands of people. Loyola should have embraced the building and give it the loving care it deserved.

Scott on November 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm

I was accepted at Loyola and almost went there right after high school. After they tore down the Granada I was glad I had decided not to attend.

DavidZornig on November 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm

October 1929 photo added credit Theatre Historical Society Of America.

DavidZornig on January 26, 2018 at 8:55 am

Cinematour puts the opening date as September 18, 1926.

DavidZornig on January 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm

10/20/25 photo added, Granada still under construction. Exposed trusses and water tower framework visible. Credit J.J. Sedelmaier.

DavidZornig on October 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Angel from the Granada, part of the upcoming Architectural Artifacts auction. Links for both.

DavidZornig on October 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm

Former owner Lou Wolf has died.

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