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Encyclopedia > Granada Theatre

The Granada Theatre, 6427-41 North Sheridan Road (in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago) was a movie theatre constructed for the Marks Brothers, who, in 1926, were major theatre operators in Chicago. Edward E. Eichenbaum was the principal designer for the architectural firm of Levy & Klein. Eichenbaum also designed the Marbro, Regal, and Century theatres.1 Rogers Park is the northernmost neighborhood community of Chicago, Illinois, USA, bordering the City of Evanston. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ...


The Marks Brothers operated the theatre until 1934, when Balaban and Katz purchased the theatre. That firm eventually became ABC-Great Lakes Theaters and operated the theatre until 1973. Up until the mid-eighties, it was used sporadically for rock concerts. Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The first incarnation of the Balaban and Katz corporation appeared in 1916 in Chicago by A.J. Balaban, Barney Balaban, Sam Katz and Morris Katz. ...

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Demolition

Despite all attempts to save it, the theatre was purchased by Senior Life Styles Corporation, who demolished the building for a planned apartment/commercial structure.2


Today

The new 16 story apartment tower & shopping arcade constructed in the early 1990's was originally named "Granada Center", in a poor tribute to the beautiful movie palace it so blandly replaced. There are 12 floors of student apartments over a base of retail & university offices.


Granada Center was eventually purchased by Loyola University and became student housing, and was renamed "Fordham Hall", thereby removing any connection to its past. A garden sign welcomes residents and visitors to Rogers Park as home of Loyola University Chicago. ...


Much speculation remains today as to why the theatre was demolished. It has been said that it was purposely allowed to deteriorate which would justify its demolition. Speculation remains that Loyola University wanted the property to expand (note), which considering they now own the tower that replaced it, is a more likely scenario.


References

Balaban, David "The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz" Arcadia Publishing, 2006

  • 1"Historic Theatres and Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz: Granada Theatre". Granada Theatre, accessed 2/21/2007."
  • 2Ibid.

External Links

  • Balaban and Katz Official Site
  • CinemaTour
  • Cinema Treasures

 
 

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