Granada Bedford

5-9 St. Peters Street,
Bedford, MK40

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Ian
Ian on February 27, 2013 at 2:52 am

A few negatives recently rediscovered (mis-filed) has yielded some new digitally enhanced scans of the interior of this cinema:–

VIEW ACROSS AUDITORIUM

AUDITORIUM CHANDELIER

AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE

UPPER FOYER

All taken shortly before closure.

Given that this cinema was renamed Cannon for only a few months, could it not perhaps go under its “proper” name on CT?

supersonic
supersonic on October 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Very sad that this place got knocked down. Brilliant cinema and a favourite place of mine.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 28, 2010 at 7:16 am

Vintage photographs of the Granada, and its Wurlitzer organ console:
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/2186.html

arrighi
arrighi on June 19, 2008 at 12:08 pm

I have weird and wonderful memories of the Bedford Granada Cinema from when I was growing up in Bedford in the 80’s. I distinctly remember seeing Rocky IV, Halloween and Cocktail as a ten year old. Wonderful atmosphere, timeless architecture and always a couple on the back row making out. Loads of fights, also I remember they had the smartly dressed ladies patrolling the aisles before showtime with the little torches showing you to your seat and selling ices and pop. Smoked first Marlboro red in the darkness and always remember the thrill of sneaking into an “X” rated film. Then they knocked it down.Was anyone informed?An absolute disgrace.ChrisParsons

Ian
Ian on August 10, 2007 at 6:13 am

A series of photographs taken in 1988 here:–

Exterior:
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Foyer:
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Auditorium:
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wingrave
wingrave on December 27, 2005 at 10:25 am

I fondly remember going there several times when I lived near Bedford in the 1970s. The main auditorium was impressive in it’s size and decor – one of my favourite memories was seeing 70mm presentations there – really satisfying!