Essoldo Paddington

22 Great Western Road,
London, W9

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The Grand Cinema Theatre opened around 1912, and is listed in the Bioscope Annual 1914 with a seating capacity of 1,260. It was located in the Westbourne Park district of Paddington in west inner-city London. By 1937 it was known as the Grand Cinema with a seating capacity of 1,200.

During World War II the auditorium was destroyed by German bombs and the ruins remained until 1955/56 when plans were drawn up by architect Richard Seifert. It was rebuilt (the original facade was retained) and it re-opened as the Savoy Cinema on 1st January 1957.

Previously an independent cinema, it was taken over by the Essoldo Circuit in 1957 and re-named Essoldo in January 1961. The Essoldo Cinema closed on 14th May 1966 with Charlton Heston in “Major Dundee” and Ronald Reagan in “Hellcats of the Navy”.

It became an Essoldo Bingo Club which closed in the early-1980’s. It briefly re-opened as music venue/nightclub named Zig-Zag and then the building then lay empty and derelict until 1994 when it was demolished and housing was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 22, 2008 at 11:33 am

A vintage photograph from July 1983, showing the by then closed Essoldo Paddington building, after its brief use as a concert venue/nightclub:
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