Grand Theatre (Douglas, Arizona)

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Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre (Douglas, Arizona) is located in Arizona
Grand Theatre (Douglas, Arizona)
Location 1139--1149 G. Ave., Douglas, Arizona
Coordinates 31°20′43″N 109°33′35″W / 31.34528°N 109.55972°W / 31.34528; -109.55972Coordinates: 31°20′43″N 109°33′35″W / 31.34528°N 109.55972°W / 31.34528; -109.55972
Built 1919
Architect Durfee,Eugene
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76000372[1]
Added to NRHP July 30, 1976

The Grand Theatre in Douglas, Arizona, designed by Eugene Durfee,[2] opened in 1919. Ginger Rogers, Pavlova and John Philip Sousa to mention just a few performed on stage at the Grand Theatre. Originally, it also housed a Tea Room, a candy store and a barbershop. It was the site of many live stage productions, movies, and Douglas High School graduations.

This aging dowager of theatres has fallen on hard times over the years, having endured a collapsed roof due to plugged rain gutters and massive interior damage from the infiltrating water. However, the Grand is in the process of being restored to her original condition.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

In addition to being listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Grand is also on the "Endangered List" of Historical Buildings that need immediate attention.

To see the progress and needs of the Grand Theatre restoration project www.grandtheatredouglas.org

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Naylor, David, ‘’Great American Movie Theaters,’’ Great American Places Series, Preservation Press, Washington DC, 1987 182