Granada Theatre

11621 Detroit Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44102

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rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 6:52 am

Granada grand opening ad October 15th, 1927 has been uploaded in the photo section.

atmos on April 23, 2013 at 4:28 am

The 5 May 1928 edition of Motion Picture News lists a Preston G Bradshaw as the original architect,which is also where the photos featured here are from.

Gunny on June 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

I worked at the Granada, it’s last two nights of operation. Above the false ceiling were cloud machines and twinkle lights to give the impression of the lobby being outside. Behind sections of drywall, were two fountains. The balcony had several sections, including bench seats labeled for colored only.

The stage had 4 floors of dressing rooms, with small windows that could be opened to look down at the stage. The stage itself had several trap doors, and the basement was huge, with props, and rolls of posters everywhere.

TLSLOEWS on March 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for the ad Mike R.

rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

Loew’s opened on October 15th, 1927
Ad: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2011 at 2:10 am

Here is a fresh link to the June 2, 1956, Boxoffice article about the remodeled Granada Theatre.

After posting my previous comment I discovered another project designed by architect Jack Bialosky, that being a remodeling of the Shaker Theatre, Cleveland, following a fire in 1954.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

A.K.A. Loews Granada,too bad no photos that work.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 23, 2010 at 2:23 am

Most of the Granada’s original Spanish style decor was removed in a mid-1950s remodeling for the Associated Theatres Circuit, which had taken over operation of the house from Loews in November, 1954. Plans for the modernization were by architect Jack Alan Bialosky. A few photos can be seen in this Boxoffice article of June 2, 1956.

Boxoffice refers to Bialosky as a theatre architect, but the only other project I can find is the Princeton Cinema in Springdale, Ohio, attributed to his firm of Manders & Bialosky by Boxoffice of December 12, 1966.

fmbeall on June 5, 2008 at 6:57 am

I thought about the Variety after making the statement, but my last impression of it from the eighties was that it was a bit dowdy. However, it did remind me a bit of the Hippodrome. I am glad it is being restored and look forward to seeing it next time I get to Cleveland.

chspringer on June 4, 2008 at 8:18 pm

I would take exception to the Granada being the only true movie palace on the west side. The Variety is also a full blown palace with seating only a few seat short of 2000. A treasure now being restored. Check out But yes, the Granada was a fabulous place.

fmbeall on June 4, 2008 at 6:36 am

Thanks Ken, I should have mentioned the Hilliard Square in my comment. I also went to it many times during the 40’s. It is surprising that with all the Eberson atomospherics in Northern Ohio (Akron, Marion, Canton) that he didn’t do one in Cleveland.

Patsy on January 19, 2008 at 9:39 am

I just found out about this former west side of Cleveland theatre in the Patricia Mote book entitled Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.

fmbeall on July 26, 2006 at 5:17 pm

This was the only real “movie palace” on the west side, also the largest. It was right on the border between Cleveland and Lakewood. I attended it numerous times in the 40’s when it was a first run (after downtown) Loew’s house and ran day and date with the east side Loew’s Park. It was one of Cleveland’s only atmospheric designed theatres. Film Daily Yearbook for 1949 gives the seating capacity as 2,144.

KevinBegovich on June 24, 2004 at 2:47 pm

For a photograph of the theatre, click here. It’s the white building on the left. You can make out “…NADA” on the sign.