Shakers at the Grand

Did the science-fiction thriller “Earthquake” shake the Grand, unsettling the lettering on the theater’s marquee? More likely, the misspelling was an oversight by the staff at the East Stroudsburg theater.

The film “Earthquake,” which was showing at the Grand during 1975, achieved outstanding box office returns nation-wide. Set in Los Angeles (a natural site for a film about temblors), the plot was easy to follow as a catastrophic earthquake ripped through Southern California, leaving behind the city in ruin and lives devastated.

 

At the Grand, during the 1970s, the local debut of other films caused trembling of their own such as x-rated flicks “Lollipop Palace” and “All the Loving Couples,” which was the first x-rated to be shown at the theater.

 

Fun facts about the Grand:

Feb. 9, 1906:  A dance was held at the Grand Opera House (the former name of the Grand). An orchestra provided the music.

October 1917: The Grand was closed while it was converted from a “picture house” to a playhouse. Some of the improvements would include a new asbestos curtain and an updated steam heating system.

June 27, 1928: Near panic at the Grand was averted by the quick action of employees when a reel of film burst into flames in the projection booth, destroying about 50 feet of the film as smoke filled the theater. Before firefighters could arrive, workers had put out the fire with a hand-held extinguisher. The showing of the film, “Wizard,” resumed after the smoke was cleared from the building.

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