Granada Theater

Santa Barbara

Built in 1924, the general inspiration for the architectural design and decoration seems at the Granada Theater is an eclectic blend of “fantasy” Spanish-Moorish influence whose origin would have been Granada, Spain and the Alhambra.  This imagery is consistent with the architectural character of much of Santa Barbara.  The architect was A. B. Rosenthal of Los Angeles, and the builder was Charles Urton, a prominent contractor in Santa Barbara.

EverGreene’s earliest phase of work began with the removal, storage, and restoration of the painted drop curtain and two lobby murals, and making of record molds and profiles of selected plaster elements prior to construction.  Subsequent work included an historic finishes investigation, a design and mockup phase where EverGreene assisted the client with determining the overall decorative scheme of the restored interior, ornamental plaster restoration and replication of decorative ornament, and decorative painting throughout the theater.

Architect: Phillips Metsch Sweeney Moore
General Contractor: Melchiori Construction Company

Granada Theater

Auditorium detail

The restored lobby

The gutted auditorium

Installing new and restored plaster ornament



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