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. 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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Broan on April 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

DavidZornig on May 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Another from Mark Susina, circa 1976.

Senorsock on November 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm

BobbyS on November 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

This beautiful theater should never ever have been torn down! A real beauty in every detail… Short sided from the people in Rogers Pk. This beauty should have been saved as an arts center for the north side.. I blame Loyala for this. It was intact and needed minor improvement. It had history and was a beautiful building! Could have remained as a showplace for the university!!!!

Scott on November 22, 2017 at 6:49 am

Of all the major theaters that have been razed in Chicago, the loss of the Granada might be the most unfortunate. The theater would have needed restoration to become a first class performance space, but it was in very good condition at the time of closing in 1986. And the Rogers Park neighborhood was, and is, fairly solid, certainly when compared to the other Chicago neighborhoods that have lost deluxe movie houses. It was a great building in a good location, which would have made it a solid candidate for restoration. So to me, its demise is the saddest of all the destroyed Chicago movie palaces since it could have worked as a restored theater.

WilliamMcQuade on November 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

Had the pleasure of visiting the theater on a THS tour . Met a new owner who seemed very upbeat on its future. Chicago always had the most ornate theaters in the country. In our throwaway society,we toss something aside when we deem it is no longer needed. Sadly we will be remembered by what we destroy instead of what we retain.

BobbyS on November 22, 2017 at 10:19 am

So right Scott! I met the new owner also. He had no idea what he was getting into. On a cold night he had to start the heat much earlier in the day to have the theater warm enough for the evening. He couldn’t believe the bill. He was unprepared to say the least what it took to keep the doors open. Of course that is why the chain owners closed them when movies could no longer support the box office returns. Last 1st run movie played the Granada or at least close to the end was “Bow Won Ton-the dog that saved Hollywood”. there were 50 people sitting in the main floor… That tells it all…However an arts center operated by someone who knew what to do with sponsors added would have been the right ticket I believe!

WilliamMcQuade on November 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

A performing arts center mixing classic movies and live entertainment would have saved it.

WilliamMcQuade on November 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

A performing arts center mixing classic movies and live entertainment would have saved it.

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.

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