The Granada celebrates 20 years as a live venue with special lineup

It has a few years before it catches up to the tenure of its former use (a movie theater for roughly 55 years, beginning in the 1930s), but the Granada is still celebrating a pretty special milestone this month: 20 years as a live venue.

In recognizing its rich history, the Granada is also celebrating its 80th anniversary as a general entertainment venue.

Mike Logan, owner of the Granada, grew up in Lawrence and attended shows at the venue in high school and college. He purchased the Granada 10 years ago.

"Getting into it at such a young age, I started to see the intrinsic value of what a venue like the Granada means to the downtown space," he said. "It's a generator of footsteps and puts people in restaurants on nights they wouldn't typically be full."

So to celebrate, the Granada has a special lineup of shows in late September — Andrew W.K., Best Coast, AFI, Minus the Bear and Stoney Larue, to name a few.

The Granada also wants to host a throwback Thursday of sorts on Sept. 26. To celebrate its legendary days as a movie theater, the venue filed a request with the city to host a free, outdoor showing of the 1985 film "The Goonies," which premiered in Lawrence at the Granada. The showing will include a beer garden, food from local vendors, and a free after-show featuring The Apache Relay.

Staffers will share anecdotes and vintage photos of the Granada on the venue's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the month.

"We're going to take the opportunity to showcase the history of the Granada," Logan said.


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