Backstage Stories


Dancing into Our Hearts

Dancing into Our Hearts Since The Granada Theatre’s reopening, the State Street Ballet has dazzled audiences with its pirouettes, plies and arabesque moves on stage. “We love performing at the Granada,” said Cecily MacDougall, Executive Director of State Street Ballet. Read More

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100th Birthday Celebration

The Granada’s 100th Birthday Celebration This weekend, The Granada Theatre celebrates 100 years of bringing the performing arts and entertainment to the Santa Barbara community.  The Granada Centennial Festival Weekend celebrates the historic theater’s past, present, and future with a Read More


The Sounds of Silence

The Granada Theatre’s grand Centennial Festival Weekend kicks off on April 12th with a nod to the theater’s movie house past with a double feature of two historic films, including Buster Keaton’s silent picture, Sherlock Jr. The iconic film will Read More

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Granada Restoration

Restoring Santa Barbara’s Grand Dame  In its 100-year history, The Granada Theatre has worn many hats. The building started life as a silent movie and live theater venue in 1924 before morphing into a movie palace in the 1930s after Read More

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Resident Spotlight: CAMA

Resident Spotlight: CAMA For a century, The Granada Theatre and its resident company, Community Arts Music Association (CAMA), have enriched the Santa Barbara cultural scene. Founded in 1919, CAMA is Santa Barbara’s oldest arts organization. Its mission is to bring Read More

The Golden Age at the Granada

  During Hollywood’s Golden Age, The Granada played center stage. As movies captured our collective imagination, The Granada Theatre began to deliver this new form of entertainment to Santa Barbara audiences. Silent Era When movies first debuted, they were silent Read More

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Piano Man

Former piano tuner for The Granada Theatre turns 100 For nearly a century, music has been central to Ray Uhrig’s life. The Granada’s former piano tuner and the historic theater both turn 100 this year.   Tragedy into Triumph “When Read More

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The Gift of Theater

The Gift of Theater Since opening in 1924 The Granada Theatre has given back to the community through the gift of the performing arts. In its opening year, The Granada Theatre offered complimentary tickets for its Christmas Dream Yuletide Phantasy Read More