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Granada Theatre

2001 Photo from the Bob Meza collection.
618 Kentucky St
Bakersfield CA 93305

Record #16805  
 Opened: January 31, 1929
 Closed: 2019
 Current Use:
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: 4/24 Robert Morton
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Banducci & Lemucci Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Bob Meza.

The Granada Theatre in Bakersfield is being restored from the inside out. The theatre, built in 1927, is the oldest remaining theatre in Kern County. At this writing, 23 tons of Wurlitzer pipe organ (4 manual 24 ranks) is being installed and is partially playing. Projection and sound equipment has been reinstalled as has a new screen and Grand Drape. The snack bar was added to the Granada in the 1950s and has been restored. The owners, Jim and Lucy Spohn, intend to open the theatre and do novelty shows with silent movies with pipe organ accompaniment.

The area around the Granada is part of the city of Bakersfield's redevelopment project. The theatre is a part of that revival of the area. At this time the Granada puts on shows for private parties using 35mm carbon arc equipment and the Wurlitzer pipe organ.

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May 2004 photos from the Jim Spohn collection.

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August 2001 photos from the Bob Meza collection.

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Photos from the Jim Spohn collection.

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Last featured 1/23/2005. Last edited 6/18/2023.

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