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Overview

Granada Theater is located in Lower Greenville, in Dallas, TX. The theater was built in 1946 as a movie house. In 1977 it was converted to a concert hall, only to revert to a movie theatre soon after. In 2004 it was again opened as a concert hall.

Design

The Art Deco design of the Granada reflects the decadence of that Golden Era. The exterior was designed for function with rounded corners, stepped forms and linear accents that echoed the industrialized, streamlined designs of modern machinery, like automobiles. The interior decor employs the influence of ancient cultures. The murals were designed by the artist(s) who also worked on Los Angeles’ famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The grand scale murals depict different genres of film with the ceiling feature depicting a mythological “film goddess” standing over a reel of film. Fitting, since the Greeks gave us theater. The sunburst crowning the goddess and the curved plaster moldings lining the sidewalls point to another Deco theme – designs taken from nature. The neighborhood theater was family friendly providing soundproof rooms available for others. Archives stated the theater was predominantly dark red and the original front doors were made of wood.

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Awards

Best Live Music Venue 2010/2011Pegasus News DFW's Ultimate Best
Best Live Music Venue 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014The Dallas Observer Music Awards
Best Live Music Venue 2011, 2012, 2013 The Dallas Observer Reader's Choice
Top 10 Cultural Destinations in Dallas 2008Modern Luxury Dallas, Best of the City
2007 Nightlife WinnerCitysearch.com Best of City Search
Best Show-seeing Place 2006D Magazine Best of Big D

Dallas Observer: Music Awards

  • Best Live Music Venue 2014
  • Best Live Music Venue 2013
  • Best Live Music Venue 2012
  • Best Live Music Venue 2010
  • Best Live Music Venue 2009
  • Best Live Music Venue 2008
  • Best Live Music Venue 2007
  • Best Talent Buyer 2011
  • Best Talent Buyer 2010
  • Best Talent Buyer 2009
  • Best Talent Buyer 2008
  • Best Backstage Area 2005
  • Best Lower Greenville Save 2004
  • Best Security Team 2011

D Magazine:

  • Best of Big D: Best Live Music Venue 2012
  • Best of Big D: Best Live Music Venue 2011
  • Best of Big D: Best Show – Seeing Place 2006
  • Best of Big D - Best Night Out for Mom 2006
  • Readers Choice: Best Live Music Venue 2012
  • Readers Choice: Best Live Music Venue 2011
  • Best of Dallas Awards Critics and Fans Pick: Best Live Music Venue 2009

Others:

  • Ultimate Best Pegasus News: Best Music Venue 2010
  • WFAA-TV A-List Awards: Best Live Music Venue 2009
  • Modern Luxury Dallas: Top Ten cultural destinations in Dallas 2008
  • Every Day (Rachael Ray): Best Place to see a show in Dallas 2007
  • Citysearch.com: Best of the City Search Nightlife Winner 2007

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