Grande Theatre

507 W. Harrison Avenue,
Harlingen, TX 78550

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GrandeĀ© Harlingen Texas

The Grande Theatre was opened in early-1942 as a Mexican movie theatre. When I spotted the Grande Theatre about 15-20 years ago, it was about to open as a video rental store. It had a colorful orange combo marquee and sign along with “Grande Theatre” in large painted letters on the front and side of the building.

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tomhough on July 21, 2005 at 8:37 am

I was born (1957) and raised in Harlingen, and remember the Grande well. It was one of two spanish-language theaters in town (Mexican movies, not dubbed english movies, as far as I know), the other being the Olmo (since demolished). It’s still there and seems to be in good shape, but I’ve never been on the inside. I don’t know what function it serves now, if any.

mdunn18947 on August 3, 2005 at 2:25 pm

I think the Grande showed a few English movies dubbed in Spanish during the 70s. I’m pretty sure that’s where I saw “The Shining”. But most of the movies I saw were at the nondescript Cinema I & II on 77/Sunshine Strip – Star Wars, Jaws, all the hits. Wonder what ever happened to it.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 8, 2006 at 7:49 pm

My photograph of the GRANDE View link

kencmcintyre on November 10, 2006 at 11:52 am

This was the lineup on 1/29/77:


NO. 1
NO. 2
NO. 3

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 12:25 am

This ad was in the Harlingen Valley Morning Star on 1/31/43, so presumably the Grande opened in January or February 1942:

maya on February 2, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Tom H
I would like to visit with you some about the theater
are you in Harlingen
ken mc – you have some articles from a Mexican newspaper can you tell me which one and where you found it

I am working on a research project and need your help.
thank you

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