Local movie man J.J. (Joseph) Bryan opened The Grand in 1908 on the southeast corner of 2nd and Main St. in Springfield.
Little else is known about the theater, which doesn’t appear in any of the city and county directories or on Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. The Grand is referenced in two sources. In a 1985 newspaper article, Bryan’s daughter Crystal Fogle mentions The Grand as she reminisces about her father’s involvement in the early moving picture business in Springfield and Eugene. She said that the theater moved across the street in 1909 and was renamed the Electric Theatre. The Springfield Museum’s Downtown Walking Tour brochure also mentions Bryan and The Grand, but provides no further details.