Grand Cinema

94 Barking Road,
London, E16

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Located in the east London district of Canning Town. The Grand Cinema was built on the site of Sweetingham’s Cinema and opened in 1913. Designed by the architectural firm Emden & Egan, the owners were Kinematograph Properties Ltd.

By 1923 it was operated by Gale & Repard and in March 1928 it was taken over by Denman/Gaumont Theatres. Alterations were carried out by architect William Edward Trent in 1930, mainly the installation of sound equipment.

The Grand Cinema was badly damaged by German bombs during September 1940 and was closed, never to re-open. Its remains were evenually demolished and the site today is now used by the Rathbone Street Market and an open-air car parking site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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