Residents celebrate 90 years of history at the Granada Theatre Featured

Panelists and Granada Director Aden Lindholm discuss the Granada's history with residents in attendance. Panelists and Granada Director Aden Lindholm discuss the Granada's history with residents in attendance. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Community members took a trip down memory lane Sunday evening as the Granada Theatre celebrated its 90th birthday.

Constructed in 1929 the theatre has seen a variety of famous performers and unique shows make their way through its historic doors. Along with serving as a movie theatre, the Granada hosted everything from beauty contests to travelling vaudeville shows in its earliest days.

Granada Theatre Director Aden Lindholm explains the main point of the evening was to remind residents of the Granada's importance to the community.

 

The Granada's popularity began to decline in the 60's and 70's during which time the theatre suffered from neglect and damage due to a leaky roof before it was closed in 1982. In 1994 a group of citizens came together to save the historic theatre from demolition.

Renovations on the building began in 2004 and were completed in 2008 when the Granada reopened its doors to the public. During Sunday's celebration, a special panel took place which featured Greg Jordan and Lisa Soller of the Lyon County History Center and Casey Cagle who worked on the renovation project.

Cagle recalls the first time he stepped into the building to begin the renovation work.

 

Cagle adds during the project several individuals came in and shared their stories and memories with the workers. He says these encounters helped to remind himself and others they were working on something much bigger than themselves.

Also during the event attendees were treated to performances by the Emporia High School Theatre department who reenacted stories submitted by community members detailing their memories at the Granada. Lindholm says this is a great opportunity which allows the students to fully grasp the Granada's historical significance in the Emporia community.

 

Along with the performances and discussion panel, the evening also featured live jazz music and a silent auction with pieces of memorabilia from throughout the theatre's 90 years.

 

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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