Granada Theater

6427 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

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DavidZornig on October 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm

Former owner Lou Wolf has died.

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 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 January 26, 2018 at 8:55 am

Cinematour puts the opening date as September 18, 1926.

DavidZornig on November 29, 2017 at 7:33 pm

October 1929 photo added credit Theatre Historical Society Of America.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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!!!!

Senorsock on November 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm

DavidZornig on May 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Another from Mark Susina, circa 1976.

Broan on April 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

pnelson on June 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Chicago lost something lovely and very historic when this was disposed of. A tragedy.

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.

DavidZornig on August 31, 2015 at 11:58 pm

“MASH” at the Granada. Source unknown.

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.

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.

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.