Granada Theater (The Dalles, Oregon)

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Granada Theater
Photograph of the Granada Theater.
The Granada Theater in 2008.
Map of location in Oregon.
Map of location in Oregon.
Location in The Dalles, Oregon
Location 221 E. 2nd Street
The Dalles, Oregon
Coordinates 45°36′06″N 121°10′55″W / 45.601568°N 121.181994°W / 45.601568; -121.181994Coordinates: 45°36′06″N 121°10′55″W / 45.601568°N 121.181994°W / 45.601568; -121.181994
Built 1929[1]
Built by M.R. Matthew[1]
Architect William Cutts[1]
Architectural style Moorish Revival[1]
Restored 1996[1]
Part of The Dalles Commercial Historic District[1] (#86002953)
Added to NRHP November 4, 1986[2]

The Granada Theater, located on 2nd and Washington streets in The Dalles, Oregon, United States, was built in 1929. The exterior of theater is in the Moorish Revival style.

This theater is said to have been the first theater west of the Mississippi to show a "talkie".[3]

A plaque bearing the seal of the State of Oregon on the side of the building reads, "Granada Theater: This Moorish-style motion picture theater was completed in 1930 for its first proprietor, M.R. Matthew, at a cost of $125,000. The plans were prepared by William Cutts of Portland, who designed approximately sixty theaters for the Universal Film Corporation. Planned at the height of the silent screen era, the theater nonetheless was equipped with Vitaphone and Movietone sound systems. The facade of the concrete building was detailed to imitate Moorish Architecture. Its stucco finish was accented with brick and tile, and its domed towers, arcaded parapet, and horseshoe-arched windows framed by twisted spiral columns were designed to create the exotic atmosphere of the Mediterranean."

The City of The Dalles purchased the theater in September 2010.[3] The building is in The Dalles Commercial Historic District.[4]


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