Granada Theatre

807 Commercial Street,
Emporia, KS 66801

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The Granada Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places since April 1985, based on the facade of the theatre. It first opened on October 3, 1929, with a seating capacity of 1,400 and closed in 1982.

Facing demolition, a group of Emporia businessmen saved the theatre in 1994. Since 1994, the facade has been restored. The Fox marquee which was on the building when the theatre closed has been replaced by a replica of the original Granada marquee.

A three-year capital campaign was completed in December 2003. The campaign was for $2.6 million for the renovation and restoration of the interior of the theatre. The goal of the Emporia Granada Theatre Alliance is to make the theatre a multi-purpose facility for the use of the arts, businesses, and all Emporians.

Contributed by Vickie Hayes-Walworth

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brentclarkf on August 29, 2005 at 7:26 pm

My wife and I visited the Granada this summer. There was still a tremendous amount of work to be accomplished on the Granada. Most of the interior was in rough condition when we visited. One could see the remnants of the Grananda’s past glory. It reminds us of the Poncan Theater in Ponca City, OK. We hope this theater rises again.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 30, 2005 at 2:41 am

The Film Daily Yearbook;1941 edition gives a seating capacity of 1,340.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 2, 2007 at 9:31 am

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1985

Granada Theater (added 1985 – Building – #85000693)
Also known as Fox Theater
809 Commercial, Emporia
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Boller Brothers
Architectural Style: Other
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 14, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Here is a website for the Granada Theater.

kencmcintyre on November 11, 2008 at 8:35 pm

This article from the Great Bend Daily Tribune is dated 1/1/59:

EMPORIA, Kan (AP) â€" Fire gutted the Granada Theater in downtown Emporia today about an hour after a late New Year’s Eve picture had ended. There was no one in the theater at the time. Firemen fought the blaze for more than an hour and a half before bringing it under control. Only the walls of the concrete and steel building remained intact. E.D. Dorrie, manager of the theater, said the inside of the building was a total loss. He did not estimate the damage in dollars.

The first alarm was sounded about 2 a.m,, some 40 minutes after the theater had been cleared of employees and patrons. Firemen prevented the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings. Cause of the fire was not known. It started near the stage and quickly spread throughout the building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 11, 2008 at 8:39 pm

I’m surprised that this theaters website makes no mention of such a devasting fire.

kencmcintyre on November 19, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Here is a 1942 photo from a new collection of Life Magazine images on Google:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2008 at 7:10 pm

The link to the Life magazine photo was originally found by a new member named “misterboo” I’m sure that “misterboo” would have been very happy to post the photo had he been given the opportunity to do so. Your thanks should go to “misterboo” for the photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 25, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Another photo of the Granada can be seen here.

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