Granada Theatre

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-1970’s, and turned its declining fortune around as a dollar theatre. 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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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.

Orlando
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
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
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
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
robboehm on October 13, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Uploaded a picture from the American Classic images collection.

Orlando
Orlando on December 23, 2017 at 8:24 am

50 years ago, today… I was sittings myself down to see Walt Disney’s first run The Jungle Book", here at the Granada Theatre. It was a Saturday and doors opened early on the second day (Saturday) at 10:30 AM. The 2nd feature was “Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar”. I was and still am 11 in mind. Envisionment is a wonderful thing! Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings….

lindalissman
lindalissman on April 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm

My name is Linda Breuer Lissman. My father owner the Granada Theatre until his death in l965. I have very fond memories, spending many Saturdays there. I remember Joe Coppolino. My father was very fond of him.

lindalissman
lindalissman on April 15, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Will the person who has the negtives of pictures of the Granada Theatre please get in touch with me. My father owned the Granada until his death in l965. Linda Breuer Lissman

lindalissman
lindalissman on April 15, 2018 at 7:06 pm

Orlando, if you worked at the Granada Theatre from l960 you knew my father, Erwin Breuer. On many Saturdays I worked behind the candy stand. I remember those matinees. The candy stand was jumping. Linda Breuer Lissman

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