Granada Theater

6427 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

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Abandoned GRANADA Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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 on July 29, 1933 with John Barrymore in “Reunion In Vienna” & Laurel & Hardy in “Me and My Pal”. 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. On November 19, 1975 the World Premiere of Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was held at the Granada Theater, with Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher appearing ‘in person’. It remained open as a movie theatre, operated by Plitt Theatres 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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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.

DavidZornig on July 1, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Just read that some of the Granada facade ornamentation now adorns the entrance to the Sanfilippo Foundation estate in Barrington Illinois. Seen in the cover photo of their website below.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 3, 2019 at 12:37 am

Lou Wolf was still alive? If there’s any justice Satan will make him live in one of his own properties for eternity.

Trolleyguy on July 3, 2019 at 4:30 am

Lou Wolf was a good friend of the owner of a West Side business I worked at in the 1960s. Whenever he would come around, everybody would literally hide, he was so creepy.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 18, 2020 at 8:59 pm

1976 exterior photos:

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