Granada Theater

6427 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

Unfavorite 34 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 152 comments

LouRugani
LouRugani on January 18, 2013 at 7:03 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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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

markg
markg on July 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Here is a nice early lobby view

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 4, 2011 at 10:27 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.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on April 21, 2011 at 9:23 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.

Broan
Broan on April 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I believe some of the glass doors now reside at the Portage.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Nice find Brian. I’ve never seen a good shot of the box office and entrance.

Michael K.
Michael K. on January 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm

PS, I hope to bring the oldgranadatheatre.com website back soon. :)

Michael K.
Michael K. on January 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Hey Everyone, this is the Michael Kuecker that used to have the website oldgranadatheatre.com :) I lost my original account on this site, and after months of trying to contact the webmasters – because I dumpped DSL for Cable and no longer can access the emails (long story) they never were able to assist me.
When Comcast came to install my internet, they reset all my settings to default before I could stop them which erased all my saved passwords.
Now I’m back, and please get in touch with me about my Granada Theatre love. :)

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Thanks LTS for posting those. I’d completely forgotten about Aphrodite’s, the restaurant in the foreground of the 1st pic. A girl I knew called there about a job. Whoever answered the phone told her to come in person. Unfortunately it was just a dishwasher who wanted to meet girls. Management was none too happy with him.

In the 2nd B/W photo it looks like there is a miniature version in the foreground, of the then Granada blade.
I wonder if that was some type of restaurant that was tied to the Granada. Like say the Artist’s Snack Shop down by the Studebaker Theatre.

NittyRanks
NittyRanks on June 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Very cool photo’s.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Never seen these before:

View link-thumb-572xauto-91647.jpg)

View link

jwballer
jwballer on March 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm

A 4/20 Wurlitzer Publix1 was installed in the theatre in 1926.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 6, 2009 at 12:37 pm

This is a lttle off topic but not really. I toured the Sanfillipo Mansion near Barrington in 2005. Had I been up on my CT reading back then, I would have known to asked the more than gracious host to point out the various architectual gems saved from the Granada. There were numerous pipe organs, Victrola’s & kaliopies throughout. Even a fully equipped retro diner.

The grounds had an outbuilding that had a reconstructed 1890’s indoor fairgrounds with a working carousel from the era.
Their was white terra cotta stone work that adorned some of the building’s interior. So I wonder if that was some of it.
It was an all day affair celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Thunderbird. They even allowed the number 50 to be spelled out on the sprawling lawn in parked Thunderbirds. Photographed from a helicopter no less.

Hauntingly, a playerless pipe organ that rose from a stage floor in the house gave us a concert at the end. We also toured the pipe organ mechanicals room. Like the Granada, it’s fascinating what men could build.

Cam
Cam on December 6, 2009 at 11:00 am

Hi Rick. Since the guestbook was hosted on a different site, it’s possible. However, since the email address that was on the site is no longer active, it’s unlikely that guestbook entries are reaching anyone. It also looks like the last three entries in the guestbook are probably comment spam. Too bad.

RickB
RickB on December 6, 2009 at 9:32 am

Poking through the archive.org links, I discovered that the guestbook for the oldgranadatheatre site reamins active (somebody posted there last month). Would the owner be notified when a post is made?

Cam
Cam on December 6, 2009 at 2:25 am

There was a terrific site mentioned in the thread above, written by a guy named Michael Kuecker. The domain has been taken over by different owners, but the original content is still available in the Wayback Machine. It’s not much to look at, but it’s wonderful to read:

View link

If anyone knows how to contact the author, it would be great to hear from him. I’d love to provide a new home for his site. I hate seeing good work like that disappear.

For that matter, anybody who wants to share memories of the Granada is welcome to contact me by email (). I really loved that place.

Recently I’ve been going through some of my old photos, and I’ve got a few more shots of the Granada that I’ll be adding to my gallery.

At the moment, there are about 40, starting here:

http://www.mekong.net/random/theatre-preview1.htm

Cheers,
Cam

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 25, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I’ll bet people would turn off their cellphones in the theater if the manager was armed. This is from the Madison (WI) Capital Times in February 1931:

CHICAGOâ€"Three Negro bandits held up the Granada theater at 6247 Sheridan Road Friday night and fled before the revolver fire of J.J. Katz, the manager, who gave chase after he had been notified of the robbery by a girl cashier. One of the holdup men was believed to have been wounded.

The chase and shooting were witnessed by hundreds of motorists and pedestrians, as it occurred about 10 o'clock, while the crowds from the first performance were still leaving the theater.

jalvar
jalvar on July 19, 2009 at 10:06 am

A question for thoose of you that know or remember.

Did any of the Chicago theatres have the fabulous stage machinery that Radio City Music Hall has and the the Roxy and the Center Theater had?

scorseseisgod
scorseseisgod on April 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Here is a Historical Building Survey about the Granada that was commissioned in 1989. It’s long, highly descriptive and sure to bring back a lot of memories of the theater and that section of Rogers Park.

Part 1: http://tinyurl.com/d3d6dy
Part 2: http://tinyurl.com/czgtt9

Enjoy!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 1, 2009 at 11:22 am

The February 5th edition of the Chicago Reader was titled The Rogers Park & West Ridge Issue. It included a column titled The Savages Of Time, which was accompanied by 3 pictures of the Granada Theater. The author dedicated a few paragraphs to his memories of the Granada. Albeit climbing onto it’s roof.

A slight correction to the column, the neighboring bar was called Huey’s. Not Baby Huey’s.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm

An acquaintance recently told me the 60’s “developer” who bought the Granada and a lot of these old theaters, was initially intending to convert them all into Bingo halls. If they were already shuttered at the time of purchase, he likely got the properties on the cheap. But the Bingo angle never materialized.
That was supposedly also the intention of the Devon Theatre. But it was able to live on a little bit longer as a movie house.