Granada Acton

34 High Street,
London, W3 6LJ

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Granada Acton

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Located in the west London district of Acton. The Dominion Cinema opened on 19th October 1937 with Paul Kelly in “Parole Racket” and Elizabeth Bergner in “Dreaming Lips”. It was a project of the small Bacal & Lee Circuit, and they commissioned Frank Ernest Bromige to build another of his streamlined Art Deco style cinemas.

The exterior has two fin features, each decorated by narrow vertical curved glass windows (now boarded over) and a recessed main facade that is dominated by further curved windows and a pair of small wrought iron balconies. These windows had been boarded over for many years, but have now been opened up again.

Inside the circle foyer had a small cafe set into a sunken floor feature (recently filled in). The auditorium is pure streamline deco with hidden troughs of concealed lighting.

The Dominion Cinema was taken over by the Granada Circuit in 1946 and it was re-named Granada Theatre. It closed to film use on 24th August 1972 and was converted into a Bingo Hall which operated as Gala Bingo Club until its closing on 23rd March 2014. The building was purchased by the Destiny Christian Centre. The church vacated the building in Spring 2016 and it is offered ‘For Sale’.

The Granada is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by KenRoe
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