Granada Theatre

24 W. 1st Street,
Reno, NV 89501

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Granada Theatre

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A nice old theatre with a beautiful red curtain on West 1st Street in Reno. It was opened as the T & D Theatre, and in 1915 was the Rialto Theatre. In 1926 it was re-named Granada Theatre, and was part of the T & D Jr. Enterprises chain out of San Francisco, California. It used to have a balcony, but that was later enclosed for a second screen. It had a beautiful blue neon sign in front. The lobby was done up in blue. The carpets in the theatre proper had a carpet with the UA cinemas logo (of course not original).

Bought out by UA and demolished in the mid-1990’s.

Contributed by Brad Weston

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 25, 2010 at 4:40 am

Here is a photo taken during the fire in 1953:
http://tinyurl.com/y9t3pjn

Les Taylor
Les Taylor on February 25, 2010 at 6:15 am

Here are a few Granada photos:

Lew Bergstrom, manager of the Granada in the 80’s, David Stewart, Manager of the UA Sparks Cinemas, and Les Taylor, asst manager of the Granada View link

The candy counter at the Granada View link

The flood of 1986 and all sand bagged up at the Granada View link

StevesNostalgia
StevesNostalgia on October 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Great memories! I went to high school with one of the young ladies in the photos.
This was an awesome, clean theatre. Auditorium B had steep stadium style seating but the rows were so close together that you could hang your legs over the chairs in front of you.
Thanks to all for adding to this theatres legacy!

asok10
asok10 on December 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I wonder if anyone has any interior shots of the old Granada (pre-fire). As I had only been in Reno about two years at the time of the fire I have virtually no memory of what the interior looked like. I have a fair amount of memories of the Majestic although I do not recall multiple curtain openings before the movie. Anyway, it would be nice to see what the original Granada looked like. Thank you.

mjr1960
mjr1960 on December 28, 2011 at 6:06 am

I worked at the Granada from 1961 to march of 1962. I was 19 when I started . I loved that time of my life, I got to meet Mickey Rooney and we had the Premier of The Misfits(Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable)Thanks for the Great Memories.mjp

Les Taylor
Les Taylor on December 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I have created a Flickr group for any photos of the Granada or any employee related events. If you have any photos of the Reno Granada/UA Cinema 1 & 2 please post them here. Please list people if you know who they are.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/granadamovietheaterreno/

mjr1960
mjr1960 on December 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I wish I had taken pic. but I didn’t. If there are any out there during the time line of the 1960’s I would love to see them.If I remember right the Mgr name was either Mr Shuck or Shock something close to this ,not sure.

dfmiller1
dfmiller1 on May 20, 2013 at 5:39 am

Does anyone know what happened to David Stewart? I worked with him and curious of what he is doing.

Les Taylor
Les Taylor on May 21, 2013 at 2:10 am

I was looking for David Stewert also, but I have not located him even on Facebook. I thought it would be fun to talk of old times.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm

The March 8, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World had a couple of paragraphs about the T & D circuit’s theater in Reno, which had opened recently. I haven’t yet been able to establish a definite connection between the T&D house and the original Granada, but I suspect that they were the same theater. The T & D was reported to have 1,600 seats, and the original Granada certainly had a large enough footprint to accommodate that many. The only other candidate, the Majestic, was built in 1910.

This weblog post, mostly about the Majestic, says that the Granada opened in 1915 as the Rialto Theatre and was renamed the Granada in 1926. It might have been called the Rialto for a while, but all the first Turner & Dahnken houses in a given city that I’ve come across so far were originally called the T & D Theatre.

Here are the paragraphs about the unnamed T & D house at Reno from the 1916 article:

“The Reno, Nev., house of this concern, representing its first venture outside California, was opened a short time ago and has been doing an exceedingly heavy business ever since. The opening attraction was ‘The Ne'er-o-Well’ and at the opening performances the crowd could not be handled through the main entrance, necessitating the use of the exits. Governor Boyle, Mayor Byington and many men prominent in the political and commercial life of the State were present at the opening and brief speeches were made, the firm of Turner & Dahnken being represented by E. B. Johnson. Later a banquet was tendered by R. L. Fulton, of the Reno Amusement Company to the stockholders of the concern and the honored guests.

“This theater is the finest in the state of Nevada and was designed by architect George A. Ferris. It has a seating capacity of more than 1600, about one-third of the seats being in the balcony. Music is furnished by the magnificent organ which attracted so much attention last year in the Palace of Mines at the Exposition at San Francisco. The new house is under the management of R. G. Hunter, formerly of Vacaville, Calif.”

Architect George A. Ferris established his practice at Reno in 1906, and became one of the region’s leading architects, designing such landmarks as the El Cortez Hotel in Reno and the Governor’s mansion in Carson City, as well as a large number of the public schools in the region.

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