1010 W. Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Publix
Functions: Live Music Venue
Previous Names: New Boz Theatre, Strand Theatre, Granada Theatre
From 1937 and into the 1950’s the Blues Bouquet was known as the Granada Theatre and played second-run A movies or first-run B movies and as television began to take hold they would have dish night or some type of give-away to attract customers. Local history resources say that the Granada Theatre was opened as the New Boz Theatre on February 1, 1909. It was renamed the Strand Theatre on August 16, 1915. At one time it had a hotel and bordello upstairs but all of this is beyond my years of expertise. Other downtown theatres around this time were the Boise Theatre, the Rialto Theatre and Rio Theatre, which sat side by side, and the Ada (Egyptian)Theatre and Pinney Theatre, Boise’s premiere houses. It was closed in 1929 and reopened on January 19, 1930 as the Granada Theatre, operated by Publix.
Since 1975, the building has been home to the Blues Bouquet, which has been called the best place to hear live musical performances in Boise. Passing the building, you would never know that it once was a theatre, as the marquee has been removed, but the original lobby tile and other clues such as its closed balcony remain inside.
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