Granada North Cheam

562 London Road,
North Cheam, SM3 9AA

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The Granada Theatre in North Cheam opened on 22nd September 1937 with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in "Shall We Dance?" and Roscoe Karns in "Clarence". The opening was attended by film stars Jesse Matthews and her husband Sonnie Hale. The Wurlitzer 3Manual/8Rank organ was opened by organist Lloyd Thomas. The proscenium was 52 feet wide and the fully equipped stage was 12 feet deep. The cinema had a large cafe located over the entrance and large car park which had a capacity for over 200 cars.

Architect James Morrison designed the Granada, but early into its construction he committed suicide, and the project was taken over David Evelyn Nye. The interior was by Russian designer Theodore Komisarjevsky and was considered the finest example of his ‘standard’ Granada Theatre’s.

The Granada was closed on 18th October 1969 with Omar Sharif in "Mayerling". It was demolished and a Sainsbury’s supermarket and offices were built on the site. In July 1995, a pub in the J.D. Wetherspoon chain named The Nonsuch Inn opened at this address.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Doolally
Doolally on April 23, 2009 at 12:35 am

Ken,

I think it was demolished earlier than 1979. I’m sure it had gone by 1970, but maybe my memory is playing me up.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

Vintage photographs of the Granada, and its Wurlitzer organ console;
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/2214.html

MrIan
MrIan on February 4, 2014 at 1:20 pm

In the mid 1960s all my mates from work and I used to go to the Court School of Dancing which was located above the Grenada cinema foyer. I think the entrance was through a separate door to the right of the main cinema entrance. One evening the manageress/chief instructor threw us out because we wouldn’t ask any of the girls to dance.

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