Granada Hounslow

31 Staines Road,
Hounslow, TW3 3HE

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Granada Hounslow

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The Alcazar Cinema was the first purpose built cinema in Hounslow, a district to the West of what today is part of Greater London, and close to London’s Heathrow Airport. The Alcazar Cinema opened on 9th January 1913 with 998 seats, and two tiers of boxes in the auditorium. By 1918, it was operated by Animated Pictoria Enterprises Ltd.

It passed through several independent operators over the years, and by 1937 was operated by London & District Cinemas Ltd. They were taken over by the Granada Theatres Ltd. chain in 1947, and it retained the Alcazar name for a while. It was closed for short period to allow for modernisation to the designs of interior decorator W.F. Mudd.

It re-opened as the Granada on 21st December 1951. The Granada closed on 29th October 1960 with Peter Sellers in "Two Way Stretch" and Terry Thomas in "Carlton-Brown of the F.O.". The building was located next to the Regal/ABC Cinema.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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PictureShow
PictureShow on June 3, 2011 at 3:53 am

Actually the description is wrong-this former cinema,known as the Alcazar,Hounslow was right next door to the Regal cinema,known as the ABC. Both cinemas ran parallel to the Bell Public House in the Staines Road. It was the home of the ‘H'movies during the 1940s or anything else bizarre like 'Damaged Lives’. It was one of the first cimemas to have installed stereo sound and cinemascope in the 50s with the epic THE ROBE as starters.

LenGazzard
LenGazzard on July 7, 2012 at 3:37 am

As a previous resident of Hounslow I confirm ‘Picture Shows’ comment on the location of this cinema

LauraWaller
LauraWaller on February 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

Can anyone help find me any information on the Granada in Hounslow – I think it has a connection with my family – the Whitehead family back in the 1900’s but don’t know where to start to find out !

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