142 Streatham Hill,
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Located in the south-west inner London district of Streatham. The Gaumont Palace opened on 14th March 1932 with 2,381 seats. 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! The Gaumont Palace had a large fully equipped stage house and numerous dressing rooms. It was equipped with a 3Manual/10Ranks Compton organ.
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 reduced to 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. Part of the bowl was converted into a laser-drome. The Streatham Bowl and laser-drome were closed in early-2008 and plans are proposed for re-developement. Demolition began in late-October 2014. Hopes are that at least the facade will be retained.
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