Granada Theater

2819 Church Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Orlando on April 23, 2015 at 10:27 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.

1tropical on December 27, 2011 at 12:17 am

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.

finkman7 on August 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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

howardformeremployee on September 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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.

josephcoppolino on September 10, 2010 at 5:01 am

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 August 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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

PaulKupperberg on August 9, 2010 at 2:32 am

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

jflundy on June 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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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Reena on July 17, 2009 at 1:24 am

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

Reena on July 17, 2009 at 1:18 am

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

howardformeremployee on December 4, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Jerry, that was his name. It just came to me.

howardformeremployee on December 4, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Hey Orlando and Bruce. I too worked at the Granada in 1973 and 1974. Good times. Mr. Scheiring (as we called him) owned the place and was a good man. Hey Orlando, is he still around? I figure if anybody would know it would be you. What was that other guy that worked upstairs with us Bruce. Remember how packed that place was for Lady Sings the Blues. That was one movie I didn’t mind watching 30-40 times. I dont think we should mention what went on in the storage room where they kept the popcorn. Hey Bruce, you still taking the 10:10 to Ronkoamo? Orlando, dont know if I ever thanked you for helping me get the job there, so Thanks. How are you guys doing anyway. Having lived in the area I to remember when I was a kid going to the Saturday matinee and watching the horse race on the screen. I even wone once and got a game (dont ask me what it was). The old lady in the white hair Orlando, guess shes not with us anymore huh. She was a riot. And the manager, poor fella, he always seemed so overwhelmed. Maybe it was because he wore his pants up at his chest. Remember 4 Gs dinner across the street. We would go there for a 15 min break. The guy behind the counter would tell us to talk to the wall. Good times. And yes there definetly was a balconey as thats where they put me and Bruce and the other guy although Bruce would try to make his move downstairs. Hope to hear a response from you guys. And to all, Brooklyn Rocks. Howard

richardobrien on August 19, 2007 at 5:44 pm

Warren – Once again, many thanks! I just tried checking Andrew Stone out for those films. No soap on IMDb, and no info on the two shorts there or on Google. But maybe someday…It could be I’m thinking of a different series, as I don’t remember any adults being in these things, just kids, and maybe just soapbox racers. But of course I’m going with a memory that has to reach back a long, long time. So you’re probably right about all of it.

richardobrien on August 18, 2007 at 5:36 pm

I’ll cross my fingers.

richardobrien on August 18, 2007 at 4:32 pm

Hi Warren – Are you a movie genius? You seem to know everything.Anyway, thanks; it’s the first information I’ve ever found on these films. But after seeing your message I tried both titles with IMDb, Cinema Treasures, Google and Yahoo, and found nothing. If you ever come up with more information, or, better yet, a source, I’ve love to hear from you.

richardobrien on August 18, 2007 at 2:16 pm

Circa 1943-45 every Saturday morning they’d show kids' auto races, silents, that we all thought were screamingly exciting and funny. My memory is that the cars were soapbox-derby types. At the end of the film, there’d be a winner, and whoever had the winning number on their ticket would get a prize. I’d love to see at least one of these again, but I’ve searched for years and haven’t been able to find any for sale, or even noted anywhere. Does anyone have a clue? Chaplin made a short called something like “Kids' Auto Races”, but these shorts, which were different every week, had nothing to do with Chaplin.

Ed62146 on July 24, 2006 at 2:13 pm

In 1973 I saw SUMMER WISHES,WINTER DREAMS along with THE WAY WE WERE for a $1.00! In front of the theater they had a sign that asked: “Who will win the Oscar-Barbra Streisand or Joanne Woodward?"Both had been nominated for these films. On Oscar night Susan Hayward opened the envelope and declared Glenda Jackson the winner for A TOUCH OF CLASS. I always thought that Barbra and Joanne were better in the wonderful Grenada! Memories!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 13, 2006 at 1:07 am

This ad is for a kung fu double feature that day-and-dated with the nearby Rugby Twin:

Golden Arm – Daily News 12/14/80

The co-feature is never identified and my edition of the paper doesn’t have a Brooklyn movie clock.

This movie clock from 1982 shows the theater under RKO Century’s management:

NY Post Movie Clock 3/10/82

DougDouglass on April 9, 2006 at 12:11 pm

I saw “Les Dioblique” here when I was around 14. Before leaving the theatre had to sign an agreement that I wouldn’t reveal the ending to my friends.

rondanto on February 2, 2006 at 1:43 pm

I used to go to the Granada every Saturday afternoon for the Kiddie Matinees.They would have 2 horror or action/adventure films and cartoons and a horse race in which prizes were won. In the mid 60's
it became a Showcase theatre and featured Brooklyn runs of “The
Greatest Story ever Told”,“ Mary Poppins”,“The Americanization of Emily,” etc.

uncleal923 on October 3, 2005 at 8:55 pm

You don’t have to give money, bruce1 on the Loew’s Kings section or this site can help. Let’s just say we know a guy who is forming a committee to help the Kings. He can probably give you contact information on that section. If you are still interested then you can go to /theaters/1360 or contact him at and get the info.

fayersteve on September 30, 2005 at 10:23 am

Thanks for the information on the Loew’s Kings. I went there with my old man to watch Police Athletic League (PAL)fights on stage. I also used to box in a backyard near the Granada and once or twice at the Flatbush Boys Club. I think it’s great that someone is working to restore one of the old neighborhood theaters but I probably have little to add to his effort. I am still interested in that Granada water tower, if anyone has any information. Best, Skonnert.

uncleal923 on September 30, 2005 at 1:09 am

If you liked the old Brooklyn Movie Houses and was involved in television, I know someone who is trying to restore the Loew’s Kings, and is the producer for a local Brooklyn Cable Show. He was the producer of Wonderama. I can place his E-Mail here for you if you like. Please RSVP on this board.

fayersteve on September 23, 2005 at 3:59 pm

We lived a half-block from the Granada on Church Avenue in the 1930s and 1940s. The grey-haired matron at that time was Mrs. Paramour, or Paramore. I started going to the movies there even before I started kindergarten at P.S. 246 and the matron assured my folks that she would look after me. She was also active in the Republican Club located a block or two away, near Bedford Avenue, and after we entered World War II, Mrs. Paramour marched me and others up to the club to join patriotic sing-alongs of “Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammunition,” and other anthems. Neighborhood kids — Fayers, Cahills, Latanzas, Tompkins, Ornsteins — also played softball in the lot adjacent to the theater, breaking an occasional window when a long ball cleared the fence and headed toward Martense Street. The bravest among us also climbed the high tower at the back of the Granada building, going up the ladder to the water tank. It would be much appreciated if someone could tell me if that tower and water tank still exist now that the building is a Rite Aid drugstore. (I need the information for a story I am writing.) Moviegoing at the Granada actually ruined my life. I could have been a doctor, or a great violinist, or who knows what. Instead, after hanging out at the Granada as a kid, I spent my working years as a writer in television and film, and only recently retired to try writing fiction, a lot of it about the old days in Brooklyn. — (signed) Skonnert.