Granada Theatre

1015 Minnesota Avenue,
Kansas City, KS 66101

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1929 Interior of the Granada Theatre

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Built by the local Boller Brothers firm, opened on May 22, 1929. It was the third (and only remaining) Boller Brothers designed theatre in Kansas City, Kansas. (The others were the Art Theatre of 1920 and the Electric Theatre of 1922).

This Atmospheric style jewel’s exterior is decorated in Spanish Colonial architecture with large arch windows, spiraled columns and smaller windows each with a balcony and awning. The marquee was supported by two terra cotta lion heads. Stepping into the originally 1,217-seat auditorium transports the visitor to a Spanish open-air courtyard complete with statuary, fountains and torch like lighting. The proscenium resembles a bridge from one wall to the other. In its heyday artificial birds traveled on wires and projected clouds moved across the ceiling sky, lit in various hues and complete with tiny twinkling stars.

I remember on a childhood visit to this theatre in the 1980’s the Barton pipe organ that rose slowly from the floor in front of the stage, and the curtains rising to reveal all manner of instruments; bells, whistles and a large gong.

The theatre was open as a first-run house until it closed 1968. The Granada Theatre underwent a restoration in the 1980’s and operated as an art house theatre for a few years but soon closed. During its time as an art house, “The Last Temptation of Christ” played to sold out crowds as it was the only theatre in town to show this controversial film.

In 2004, the Granada Theatre was refurbished and renovated, and reopened as the Screenland Granada Theatre showing first-run, art, and other movies.

Sadly, it appears to have closed again in 2008. It was reopened as a live performance space in November 2010.

Contributed by Clay Jarratt

Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 30, 2007 at 9:21 am

Here is another recent photo of the Granada Theater.

mlind
mlind on October 10, 2008 at 1:49 pm

I guess it didn’t make it. New plans are in this article
http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/834795.html

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 11, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Another nice photo is here.

mlind
mlind on March 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

The Wyandotte County Museum has several pictures of the Granada. The information is below if someone feels the urge.

1982-5-1983 Granada Theater, marquee reads,“All Talking with
Songs and Dances, Betty Compson in ‘Woman to Woman'
c.1930
(neg is #1983)

1983-43-42 Granada Theater, 1000 block Minnesota Avenue, markee
reads, “All Talking with Songs and Dances, Betty
Compson in ‘Woman to Woman’”, c. 1930 (neg)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 28, 2009 at 3:12 pm

This is the National Register of Historic Places registration form for the Granada Theater.

paulheadley
paulheadley on March 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Hey Butch Rigby, the description of your theater on cinematreasures says it is “closed” as of 3-7-2010.
Thought you might want to know.
Have a good one.

spectrum
spectrum on November 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Good news: The Granada is open again. Now owned by Imagio Dei – Friends of Christianity, an ecumenical arts organization. They replaced the roof in May 2010 and as of November they are open and performances are being held. It is available to the community to host events of various types.

The website is: http://www.imagodeiarts.org/index.cfm

Also has a link to a page on the organ which was removed and dismantled several years ago. The KCPTO recently purchased the organ and had it trucked back to Kansas City where they plan to restore the organ and install it, but they haven’t secured a location for it yet.

jmoline
jmoline on July 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Thanks to a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council there is a Granada Theatre website! Visit it and leave your comments, memories or photos. http://granadatheatrekck.com/

rivest266
rivest266 on August 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Looks like the website is closed again. Is the theatre being used?

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