Deal puts photos in spotlight


Looking at La Jolla’s History through photography


This week the Light launches a new feature and a new partnership that will focus on the extensive photography collection of the La Jolla Historical Society.

Each week, we’ll print a historic photo out of the Society’s archives and we’ll pair it with a shot of what’s at that location today. We’ll also give you a chance to test your La Jolla trivia knowledge with a question printed in the paper. Answers will be posted on our Web site.

On top of that, the partnership between the historical society and the newspaper will offer readers a chance to buy copies of the photos - framed or not - or to have the photos put on T-shirts or mugs.

See Photos Available for Purchase

“The La Jolla Light’s esteemed status and reputation within the community makes it an obvious partner in our effort to showcase the extensive photograph collection of the La Jolla Historical Society,” said John Bolthouse III,executive director of the historical society. “What better way for these unique images to be made accessible for more La Jollans to enjoy.”

Phyllis Pfeiffer, The Light’s publisher, called the partnership “a win-win for the community and the historical society that will give everyone broader access to the wonderful images that have been collected over the years.”

Additionally, a revenue-sharing agreement on sale of the photos will benefit the society’s fundraising, she added.

Today’s photos show the Granada movie theater, a prominent community landmark for many years on the southeast corner of Girard and Wall streets, its replacement, Jack’s La Jolla and Let’s Go Clothing and Footwear.

In its heyday, the theater featured a decorative entry and marquee as well as interiors evocative of the grand old movie houses of the past. Ironically, the building in which it was housed also offered the services of the United States National Bank. The Granada opened in 1925 and was La Jolla’s most prominent movie house until The Cove theater was built much later.

The La Jolla Historical Society contributed to this report.


Whom did Grandmother Kate take to the Granada movie theater two or three times a week?


The Granada Theater, seating 712, was opened [in La Jolla, where Gregory Peck grew up] on 25 March 1925. Grandmother Kate saw to it that Greg received a solid film education. ‘We went to the picture show two or three times a week,’ said Greg. ‘We didn’t care what was showing.’