Granada Theatre

1044 Temple Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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This theatre was opened in 1913 without a specific name. It was designed by the Milwaukee Building Co. By 1917 it had been named Owl Theatre. Later renamed Granada Theatre, it was one of the many independent theatres that was part of Los Angeles.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on March 17, 2008 at 7:27 pm

I have my doubts as to whether the building is still there. There’s not much left on that part of Temple Street, west of downtow. I will swing by and take a look the next time I’m down there.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2008 at 7:47 pm

The Granada’s building has been gone for quite a while. The site is now part of a parking lot for a blocky office building which I think was put up in the 1970s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I would assume thats the reason why this theater is listed as Closed/Demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2008 at 8:12 pm

I’ve come across several Cinema Treasures pages which erroneously listed theatres as closed/demolished when they were only closed. Now I always check the latest aerial photos from Google maps or TerraServer, and see if I can generate a report on the address from ZIMAS (if it’s in the City of Los Angeles) just to make sure.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Thats a good point Joe, but don’t rely too heavily on aerial photos. Some of those aerial photos are a few years old. If a building doesn’t show in one of those photos, it is most likely gone. But if you see the building in the photo, it doesn’t mean that its still standing. Anytime I add a theater and I’m not positive of its status, I just list it as closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2008 at 8:39 pm

That’s what’s especially useful about the ZIMAS reports from the city’s zoning department. They have the latest information from the County Assessor, plus they include the years of construction for any buildings on the property.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 17, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Too bad that only works for LA. It would be great if other cities had something like that.

kencmcintyre on March 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm

The west is the best. Get here, and we’ll do the rest.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 18, 2008 at 4:26 am

Until you fall into the Pacific.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm

The theater at 1044 Temple Street was included in the Motion Picture Theatres section of the 1915 and 1917 city directories, but was listed only under the name Mansdorfer W. H. in 1915. By 1917 it was listed as the Owl Theatre.

Although the building has been demolished so it can’t be checked in the records of the County Assessor’s office, I think that the Granada was probably this proposed theater that was mentioned in the October 12, 1912, issue of Southwest Contractor & Manufacturer:

“BRICK THEATER—The Milwaukee Building Co., 317 Wright & Callender Bldg., has prepared plans and has the contract at $13,127 for the erection of a 1-story brick theater building on Temple St. near Beaudry Ave. for D. S. Kornblum. Concrete foundation, 50x140 ft., enameled glazed brick front, Silveroid roof, marble and tile lobby, staff work, tile cornice, ornamental iron grilles, steel I beams, plate and leaded glass, pine and birch trim, plumbing, electric wiring.”

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