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The Granada Theater, Chicago, Illinois (1926)

I love these night views of movie palaces and this one of the Granada in Chicago is particularly striking.  They must have able to see it from miles away and the size of that vertical blade sign is incredible.  Located on the north side of the city on Sheridan Road, it was built for the Marks Brothers theater chain–they also operated the Marbro– and designed in the Spanish baroque style.  It was one of the largest theaters in the city, originally intended for stage shows, but on opening it was a movie palace.  Incredible terra cotta adorned the exterior, surrounding the large vaulted window with its decorative medallion.  The Granada was sold to the Balaban & Katz chain in 1932 and later was independently owned and operated.  The theater, still in immaculate condition, was demolished in 1990 to accommodate an expansion of Loyola University, which owned the land under it.   A true shame.

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