Granada Slough

Windsor Road,
Slough, SL1 2EJ

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Granada Slough

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American architect C. Howard Crane designed this Granada Theatre (his second design for the circuit-after his Granada Greenwich opened a year earlier). The plans were revised by Cecil Masey and the interior decoration was by Theodore Komisarvjevsky. The auditorium ran parallel to the road and the only relief in the massive brick facade were the windows set in white stone over the entrance to the right.

The Granada Theatre Slough opened on 23rd March 1938 with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis in “It’s Love I’m After” with Leslie Howard making a personal appearance to declare the theatre open. The supporting film was Jack Benny and Ida Lupino in “Artists and Models”.

Seating in the auditorium was in stalls 1,070 and balcony 630. It had a large cafe/restaurant located above the outer entrance hall and a Wurlitzer 3Manual/8Rank theatre organ (with grand piano) which was opened by Dudley Beaven. A car park was provided for patrons.

In 1971 the cinema was equipped to screen 70mm films and two years later, from 15th June 1973 it was tripled with 624 seats in the former balcony and two screens in the former rear stalls seating 239 and 187. It was closed on 19th November 1987 and demolished in 1988.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

Vintage photographs of the Granada, Slough:
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/2222.html

stevenslade
stevenslade on May 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

From recollection, the Granada closed within 1 week of the new multiplex (Maybox cinema – a very poor standard of conversion of the previous Fulcrum entertainment complex) opening in the town centre.

execelsior
execelsior on December 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The link, www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/2222 leads nowhere sadly.

michaelbrent
michaelbrent on December 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

Reginald Dixon playing at the Granada Slough.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95wf0X5tB68

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