East Grand Theater

5439A E. Grand Avenue,
Dallas, TX 75201

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Architects: W. Scott Dunne

Previous Names: Grand Theater

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East Grand Theater

Located at E. Grand Avenue at Graham Avenue, the Grand Theatre was operating by 1926. It was remodeled and enlarged in 1931 to the plans of architect W. Scott Dunne. It was still open in 1952, but had closed by 1955. It has been demolished and the site is used as a parking lot.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on March 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm

An old movie theater ad from 1949 for the East Grand Theater.

matt54 on April 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Status should be changed to Closed/Demolished. Where this small walk-in once stood is clearly visible, as the concrete floor and surrounding walls remain, but the space is open to the air and used as a parking lot for a bridal shop immediately adjacent to the NW.

matt54 on May 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

I am wondering if the opening of the Major (aka Lido), at 2830 Samuell Blvd (just a couple of blocks east of this theater) around 1950 directly led to the closing of the East Grand the following year.

Also, a poster on another nostalgia site dedicated to Dallas corrected me the other day when I referred to this theater as the EAST Grand – he said there was no “EAST” to it, it was just the GRAND; anybody know any of this for sure?

matt54 on May 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

That ad nails it, Chuck – East Grand it is! Should’ve checked it first. Thanks.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on June 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm

From 2010 the East Grand’s building remnants, a decorative interior mosaic tile floor and the sidewalk entrance.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Motion Picture Times of July 7, 1928, says: “While Holger Jorgensen and Mrs. Jorgensen are motoring through Colorado, Walter Jorgensen is in charge of the East Grand, Dallas neighborhood house.”

matt54 on September 14, 2010 at 2:03 am

Great pix, Don. Thanks. Love your photostream, btw.

njp2020 on November 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

It was the East Grand Theater and it was East Grand Ave. because Grand Ave. was a very long street, and was over past Fair Park. That would have been the west end of Grand. I spent many hours in the old East Grand theater back in the 40’s. Also many many hours in the Major Theater after it opened. We would go to the Major on Saturdays because they had several live bands there Roy Rogers and Dale Evans even showed up once. Then we would go to the East Grand on Sunday afternoon, after church of course. Good childhood memories.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 11, 2021 at 10:16 pm

The August 11, 1931 issue of Motion Picture Times said that H. N. Jorgensen had closed his East Grand Theatre in Dallas for a complete remodeling and an expansion that would almost double its seating capacity. Architect for the $25,000 project was W. Scott Dunne. Reopening was expected to take place about October 1.

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