Gaumont Streatham

142 Streatham Hill,
London, SW2 4RU

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Gaumont Streatham

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Located in the south-west inner London district of Streatham. The Gaumont Palace opened on 14th March 1932. It was designed in an Art Deco style by architectural firm of Charles Nicholas & J.E. Dixon-Spain. It is located on Streatham Hill at the corner of Ardwell Street. It featured an open-air terrace above the entrance which served teas on good weather days!

In early-July 1944 it was seriously damaged by a German V1 rocket bomb and was closed. The damaged building then became a temporary factory until building restrictions were lifted and the interior was entirely reconconstucted to the designs of architectural firm T.P. Bennett & Son.

It re-opened as the Gaumont on 18th July 1955 with Dirk Bogarde in "Doctor At Sea". The seating capacity was now 1,873. It closed on 25th March 1961 with Sophia Loren in "A Breath of Scandal" and Joy Barney in "Blueprint For A Robbery".

The interior was re-constructed again and it was converted into a 36-lane bowling alley known as the Streatham Bowl which opened on 29th January 1962. The Streatham Bowl was closed in early-2008 and plans are proposed for re-developement. Hopes are that at least the facade will be retained.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 20, 2007 at 11:17 am

A photograph I took of the former Gaumont Streatham in September 2004:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/506207703/

Ian
Ian on May 21, 2007 at 8:27 am

And an earlier photograph from 1991 :–

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Keith
Keith on November 7, 2007 at 3:08 pm

Derek Palmer was the first Chief Engineer at Streatham Bowl. I worked with him at the Gaumont Clapham as a trainee projectionist, where he was the Chief Projectionist. When The Gaumont closed, I went to the Odeon East Dulwich as a fourth projectionist for a while, but later joined Derek as an assistant engineer prior to the Bowl being opened. I later returned to cinema work as 3rd Projectionist at the ABC Streatham.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on August 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Now boarded up and looking very, very sad. in a very poor condition.

woody
woody on April 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm

seen here looking very neglected in april 2009 awaiting redevelopment, the recess over the front doors covered by netting and scaffolding
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3426895265/

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