Granada Theater

2819 Church Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Granada Theatre

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The Filmland Theatre opened in 1925 and stood at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Church Avenue. By 1930 it had been re-named Granada Theatre. It had a huge marquee and was a single-level house, which was sub-run for years.

The Golden Theater chain took it over in the early ‘70s, and turned its declining fortune around as a dollar theater. Later it ran second-run double features and some first run.

Finally it ran action and blaxploitation before closing. It was retrofitted as a Pioneer Supermarket, but it eventually closed as well.

Contributed by philipgoldberg, J.F. Lundy

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howardformeremployee on August 20, 2010 at 9:16 am

Psingh, I think you must be thinking of a different theatre as the manager during those years was a man. Paul, your info is not quite on the mark either. First of all I dont remember you so maybe you have the years wrong. Also the Rugby was not on Church Ave it was on Utica Ave. The Granada was on Church Ave. Also I am pretty sure that Mr Schiering did not own or operate the Kingsway. Howard

josephcoppolino on September 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I was an usher at the Granada from 55 to 58. The threatre was owned by a wonderful man, Erwin Breuer, and Max Schiering, another wonderful man, was the manager (and maybe a part owner). Mr. Breuer had been general manager at Rugoff and Becker and when he left they sold him the Granada. Mr. Schiering had been a studio manager for one of the tv networks and had worked with Bill Cullen. Mr. Brueuer went on to own four other local theatres, the Rugby, the Fair (in Queens) the Avenue D and the Highway. When Mr. Breuer died, Mr. Schiering took over the business. When I left in 58 Mr. Breuer said to me “This theatre is like my home and you will always be a guest in my home” and for the next 12 years I saw free movies in five theatres. They were both exceptional men and I have not forgotten them.

howardformeremployee on September 29, 2010 at 8:06 am

So just to set the record straight Paul after exhausted hours (ok, maybe 2 minutes) of research I came to this conclusion. It was the Highway, not the Kingsway that Mr. Schiering owned.

finkman7 on August 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

anyone remembers the Kiddie Carnival. Every satuday double feature, race, newsreel and cartoons. This was the late 50’s and the early sixties.

1tropical on December 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm

My mom worked here in the candy dept. for years in the 40’s. We still have the beautiful silver plates and use on Holidays all the time. I remember going up to the bathrooms and they had attendants. And put the penny in and get your fortune. I happily won a great tea set during one of the Saturday races. Went there all the time and even in my late teens. Yes, they went $1. We all hung out at the Candy Store on Nostrand/Church every night. We were good kids.

Orlando on April 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Just a brief note, the building has been refaced with a tan-beige color and the top and awning was replaced by the same in a darker brown color and a new storefront sign. Happy 90th Birthday, Granada Theatre. We will both survive to see you 100!. My best memories are of you.

Orlando on October 12, 2016 at 7:32 am

The Granada closed July 30, 1982. It was first run at the time under the RKO-Century banner. It was still doing very good business at its' closing time but (ALMI) wanted to unload the theatre for the land price (which was $250,000 including the theatre) a mere pittance in today’s market. The same operated Albemarle went soon after.

Orlando on October 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

Someone told me that was a posted picture of the Granada Theatre of the marquee playing the Sicilian Clan and The Kremlin Letter as co-feature. Every week I took a photo of the front and side panels of the marquee, but some how they disappeared. I also have the backlog of the exhibitor ads from 1964 to 1974 that read Granada-Highway-Rugby (Adults $1.00 At All Times) Ads that were the 3 theatrs trademark running Wed, Fri, and Sat in the NY Post (then the best known MovieGuide Listing for the five boroughs) and in the Brooklyn addition of the Daily News. I hope no one is using my lost Granada photos in this listing as I have all the negatives which I never redeveloped.

theatrefan on October 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm

That picture of the Granada Theatre is not on this website, it’s actually in the archives of the Theatre Historical Society of America as part of the Edward T. Gibbs Collection.

robboehm on October 13, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Uploaded a picture from the American Classic images collection.

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