Ganado Cinema, a theater unlike any in the United States, was the first theater in America to have an all digital, fiber-optic audio network. In addition to Dolby Spectral and Dolby Stereo Surround, Ganado Cinema is equipped with the Digital Theater Surround (DTS) sound system, one of the best theater sound systems available.
Ganado Cinema was originally one of sixty theaters owned by J.D. Long of Long Theaters in Bay City, Texas. This theater building's blueprints were completed in 1939 and carried a construction budget of $12,500. In June of 1941, Ganado Cinema opened for business.
Under the private ownership of Alvin Svoboda, owner/manager of the theater since 1977 and an employee of the theater since 1953, Ganado Cinema is the last operational movie theater of the Long Theater chain and one of the few remaining theaters of its historic lineage.