A newpaper article from an unknown source shows a picture of the downtown area of Lowell and is labeled "Looking South on Clark Street in 1911." The article that goes with the photo says :
"First building on the left is the Grand Theatre, erected by Bill Taylor about 1910."
This article is hand dated Jan. 1921, and is attributed to the Lowell Tribune. It
also can be found in the Clipping Files at Lowell Public Library (LH--Buildings).
The Grand theatre will establish a regular One Cent Night beginning next Monday night and every Monday night thereafter. Adult ticket 25c, two for 26c; children 10c, 2 for 11c. Special features will be shown, some of which would cost up to 50c to see elsewhere.
from the Lowell Tribune, Oct. 3, 1935, and also found in the Clipping Files at Lowell Public Library (LH--Buildings)
THE WRECKING OF THE GRAND THEATRE
The wrecking crew on the Grand theatre building has about completed its work and soon nothing will remain but the vacant lot.
Many of our people think that the wrecking of this building was a very foolish expenditure of money. It cost approximately $5,000 to wreck the building, and it will cost fully that much to erect the county garage with the material salvaged from the building.
That the building was well built was evidenced by the work the men had to exert to tear it down. The only fault found with the building was that one corner was sprung a little, and this could have been repaired with tie rods.
Had the money that it cost to wreck the theatre building been used on repairing the building, it would have made as good or better building that will be erected with the materials. In this way fully $5,000 of the taxpayers' money would have been saved.
When this theatre building was erected there was none better in any town the size of Lowell, and it was a credit to the town and community. With the expenditure of a few hundred dollars this building could have been make into an ideal community building, and that is what is surely needed in Lowell at the present time.
We are sorry to have seen the building wrecked for it will be a long time before we have another as good.
Last updated on January 4, 2006.
Go to Grand Theatre, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.