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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Reena
Reena on July 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Does anyone remember Tony and Nelson from the Granada 1975-1977?
Tony went on to the Ruby..

Reena
Reena on July 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm

During 1972-77 there was a lady who managed the place..heavy smoker black hair..what was her name?

jflundy
jflundy on June 5, 2010 at 8:00 am

Granada Theatre on Church Avenue after great Blizzard of 1947 as Sand Car 9813 from Canarsie Depot works it’s way toward 39th Street Ferry Loop. Photo, thanks to Ed Doyle:
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PaulKupperberg
PaulKupperberg on August 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I worked at the Grenada from around 1973-75 or so, right after graduating Tilden High School and continuing while I went to Brooklyn College, hired by the wonderful Max Schiering, who owned the theater. I was an usher, along with my friend Steve (I remember you, Orlando, Artie and the others!!). After hiring me, Mr. Schiering asked me about my last name, which was familiar to him. It turned out he remembered by grandfather, Alfred, a projectionist who died in 1930, and my grandmother, who had been a cashier (at, among others, the old Congress Theater on St Johns Place and the Loew’s Pitkin on Pitkin Ave.). Mr. S had been an usher when my grandfather was a projectionist; the grayhaired cashier, Irene, remembered my grandmother, who had trained her for the job when Irene was just a kid herself! I loved that job and that old theater. We used to roam around backstage and explore; I still ticket stubs somewhere from when their was a kiddie land amusement park in the parking lot next door…WISH I still had all the old movie posters we found down there. Also worked a couple of times at the Rugby, on Church Avenue, that Mr. S also owned (and/or operated; and he also owned/operated the Kingsway (?) on Kings Highway.

Paul Kupperberg

howardformeremployee
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
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
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
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
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.

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