Granada Theater

6427 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

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DavidZornig on May 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm

Another from Mark Susina, circa 1976.

Broan on April 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm

pnelson on June 3, 2016 at 9:44 pm

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

DavidZornig on November 19, 2015 at 9:14 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 September 1, 2015 at 1:58 am

“MASH” at the Granada. Source unknown.

MadameLaZonga on June 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm

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 6:03 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 4:39 pm

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

markg on July 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

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

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Here is a nice early lobby view

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 4, 2011 at 9:27 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 on April 21, 2011 at 8:23 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 on April 21, 2011 at 4:06 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 2:48 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 10:58 pm

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

Michael K.
Michael K. on January 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Hey Everyone, this is the Michael Kuecker that used to have the website :) 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 on June 21, 2010 at 5:47 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 on June 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Very cool photo’s.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Never seen these before:

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DavidZornig on December 6, 2009 at 11:37 am

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 on December 6, 2009 at 10:00 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 on December 6, 2009 at 8:32 am

Poking through the 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 on December 6, 2009 at 1:25 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:

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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: