Granada Theater

24 W. 1st Street,
Reno, NV 89501

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Granada Theater

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A nice old theater with a beautiful red curtain on West 1st Street in Reno. It was operating prior to 1941, what it 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 theater(s) 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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irvbos on February 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Yes, the original Granada suffered major damage during a fire in the early fifties. The roof caved in and the only things left standing were the four walls. When rebuilt it had stadium type seating, at least for the rear of the theater, which was eventually to become theater #2. I remember that fire well as Cecil B. DeMille’s “Greatest Show on Earth” was playing there at the time and I never got to see it.

kencmcintyre on February 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Here is a photo taken during the fire in 1953:

Les Taylor
Les Taylor on February 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm

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 on October 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

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 on December 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

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 on December 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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 8:59 am

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.

mjr1960 on December 28, 2011 at 12:11 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 on May 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm

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.

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