It's been nearly 20 years since the Granada Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Kansas screened a first run-film.
Kansas City, MO – It's been nearly 20 years since the Granada Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Kansas screened a first run-film. The theatre was built in 1927, opened in 1929, and throughout the 1930s and 40s, it was one of the most popular movies houses in KCK. But, facing competition from megaplexes, it closed as a commercial movie house in the late 60s, and served as a live-performance venue. Over the last 20 years, it's been saved from the wrecking ball several times. And on Friday, restored to its original condition, the theatre - now known as the For more on the festival, check Screenland Granada - re-opened. Let's hear from some of the theatre-goers.
KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to owner Butch Rigby, who also operates the Screenland in the Crossroads, about the re-opening of the Screenland Granada - what's described as an atmospheric theatre.