Granada Theatre

1044 Temple Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Nathan on June 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

Go here for a 1963 image of the Granada—

This is an image from this movie recently digitized by USC from the City Archives.

Trolleyguy on March 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

The Granada shows up briefly in the 1924 Harold Lloyd film “Girl Shy.”

Mistymarie on September 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm

My step grandfathers rental company owned the building for some time. My father was a care taker for the building. The roof collapsed some time in 1968/69. In the middle of the night.

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.”

kencmcintyre on March 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

kencmcintyre on March 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Here is a 1942 photo of the Granada:

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 4:02 am

Are there any pictures of the Granada, either with that name or with the Owl name?

AndrewBarrett on February 20, 2008 at 4:02 am

Is this the same Owl that had a Geneva theatre organ at one time? Where is the organ now?

kencmcintyre on August 11, 2007 at 11:15 pm

Listed in the city directory as the Owl in 1925:

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2007 at 7:46 pm

I just added the Owl Theater at Temple and Beaudry. I recall that Beaudry would probably be about ten blocks east of Main Street, so it looks like I goofed. I will admit as such on the Owl page so they can take it off.

kencmcintyre on March 12, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Listed as the Granada in the 1939 LA city directory.

William on December 9, 2003 at 5:33 pm

The Granada Theatre was also known as the Owl Theatre back in 1929.

gbachlund on November 28, 2003 at 11:48 am

The Granada was leased for a time by Harold Wenzler, who also operated the Lux Theatre until it was razed, and later operated the Oaks Theatre in Pasadena.

I worked as a relief projectionist at the Granada in the late 1950s. The booth was far from modern, but Mr. Wenzler had Altec Sound Service on contract for maintenance, and the presentation was always first rate.