Camas, Post-Record, Friday, June 10,1927
GRANADA THEATRE DOORS SWING OPEN
Artistic Finish Touches Are Given To Splendid Local Show House.
First Number Comedy
Beautiful Show House Visioned Six Months Ago by Local Group is Delivered as Valuable Feature for the City.
To the nicety of the most minute details, the new Granada theater building is this week virtually completed, and the structure finished throughout in the finest of architectural design applied to its class, has been handed over to its enterprising and progressive promoters, who are all Camas men and who months age visioned something in the show house line for Camas that would be just a little bit better.
That vision has become a tangible realty, and a substantial asset of which
this city should and is going to be proud for decades to come. When the Post, several weeks ago, referred to the Granada interior as a dreamland of beauty, it is a small degree only visualized the new wonderfully beautiful features. The first impression of most people will be that reflected in the beautifully wrought and perfectly blended tintings. The general color scheme is a deep azure blue and rich gold, and this is carried out to the front in delightful effect for the arch-shaped ornamental work over the vestibule entrance.
Background tinting of the front, which raises to a height of 35 feet. is a soft rich tan, with a harmonious blending of trimming tints, walls of the vestibule and base of ticket booth are of tile construction, a pretty pattern in delicate Holland blue tint, floors are a neat mosaic pattern. The decorative work, front and interior was done by a crew of artists in that line under the lead of Chas. Anman of Portland.
Entering the spacious lobby, one treads upon, a rich and heavily padded carpet. which gives a first impress of “walking on air,” so soft and noiseless it is. The carpeting is extended to the foyer, down the main auditorium aisles and to the balcony floor and rest rooms above. A deadening cover is spread over the whole concrete floor surface.
The regulation chairs, body fitting and built for restful qualities, are anchored in segments if a circle, so that no matter what location one gets his eyes focus directly on the stage. Seating capacity is approximately 800.
Outside building dimensions are 50×150 feet. The stage alone is 25 feet deep and 32 feet wide, with drop curtain opening of 22 feet. At the instance of C.E. Farrell, owner of the lot, plans were drawn up late last fall by Architect P.M. Hall Lewis of Portland under whose supervision by the general contract, held by C.A. Knapp, was carried out. The excavation work started in December and dragged thru many weeks of mud and water obstacles, in fact adverse building weather prevailed until recently.
About January 1st, the Community Investment corporation was formed, composed if O.F.Johnson, Roy O. Young, A.L. Powers and F.W. Harrington, who were sponsoring the theatre project. All the interior fixtures and furnishings are provided by them. The cost of these is placed at $30,000, for the two heaviest items being a $12,000 pipe organ and $6,000 for chairs. The entire cost is close to $75,000. The new structure has placed Camas in the foreground of many more pretentious cities in the theatrical world, and is going to prove an enduring monument to the credit of Mr. Farell in undertaking and carrying out a project of this type ad magnitude.
While the name “Granada” is of Spanish origin, and a favorite show house name everywhere, the general type of this one is Moorish, both interior and exterior. Its mammoth electric sign swinging across Fourth street is the equal in beauty and artistic design of any in metropolitan centers.
Next Tuesday night is the date for formally opening the Granada, an especially attractive program being announced. It features George Sidney and Charlie Murray in “Lost at the Front,” the greatest war comedy ever told-a roar and a riot of laughter thruout-and everyone will be going.