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A drawing of the exterior of the American Theatre.

Utah State Historical Society

American Theater
(Granada Theatre)
 
241 South Main
Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Status:
Demolished 
Total Seats:
3000 
Open:
Before 1914  
Closed:
After 1930  
 
The American Theater opened before 1914.1  The theater had a ballroom upstairs which was covered with beautiful art Deco.  After seeing a movie, patrons would go up to the ballroom to dance.  Between 1927 and 1929, the theater was renamed the Granada Theatre.  The building later became W. T. Grant Co. and the ballroom was use for stock.

The American Theater showed movies about 1930.2


1. Polk's Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1914-1915, 1918-1919, 1920-1921, 1922-1923, 1927-1928
2. "Excel fle", movietheatre.org, listing as its sources the Film Weekly Film Journal yearbooks 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955 and International motion picture almanacs 1961, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000