Grande Theatre

106 N. Branch Street,
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

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Previously operated by: Westland Theatres

Previous Names: Mission Theatre

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The Mission Theatre was opened on September 15, 1923 with Pricilla Dean in “Drifting”. It was operating as the Grande Theatre from 1937. It was remodeled in 1949 when it was operated by the Westland Theatres chain based in San Francisco. They closed it on April 14, 1951 with Van Heflin in “Tomahawk” & Bill Williams in “Blue Blood”.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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GaryParks on March 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

In the early 1990s, the former Grande was functioning as an antique store. The proscenium could still be seen at the back of the store.

50sSNIPES on October 18, 2022 at 6:14 pm

First opened as the Mission Theatre on September 15, 1923 with Pricilla Dean in “Drifting” with no extra short subjects.

It was unknown what happened to the Mission Theatre because after 1936 there were no listings being shown. The Mission Theatre reopened as the Grande Theatre in 1937 (probably around late 1937).

The Grande Theatre closed for the final time on April 14, 1951 with Van Heflin in “Tomahawk” and Bill Williams in “Blue Blood” along with an unnamed cartoon as its last attraction.

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