Granada Tooting

50 Mitcham Road,
London, SW17 9NA

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execelsior
execelsior on December 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I shall be giving a Tour/Talk at the Granada/Gala Tooting in May 2014 under the sponsorship of the Victoria & Albert Museum. If anyone is interested in attending, I believe that you will need to hold membership of the museum. Charles Jenkins.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Homopromos:Pleased to hear you enjoyed your ‘Open House’ visit to the former Granada Theatre today. I was one of the 3 tour guides on duty, so not sure if you were on one of my tours of the building.

The 1936 story is new to me, but I am sure there could be other similar tales, long lost in the annuls of time, or never disclosed and covered up forever.

Homopromos
Homopromos on September 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Lovely to see it today as part of the Annual ‘Open House’ event. Amazing so much survives, though it could do with some refurb. Best of all a chance to see the beautiful Wurlitzer. Hope they get the money to restore it again after the flood.

On a related topic, I’m researching a book about a man who was prosecuted in 1936 for having sex with a 16-year-old usher from the Granada Tooting. They made contact in the cinema and arranged to go to the Strand Palace Hotel. The lad in question had been posing for 2 – 3 years for nude pictures for ‘connoisseurs’, so was obviously experienced and this seems to be a little bit of a ‘vice ring’. What I’m wondering is whether this kind of thing was common. Whether cinemas and ushers/usherettes were known for this in the 1930s in the way that Music Halls were in the 1870s-90s. Anyone got any information?

execelsior
execelsior on May 8, 2013 at 4:35 am

I visited the old cinema in 2011 and was given the run of the place – the manager was very nice and bought me some chips! The staff and most of the patrons were friendly. I was very impressed with the place. I have written about my visit and this may be found at the PLAYING BINGO website:

http://playingbingo.co.uk/land-bingo/history/9-history-charles-s-p-jenkins-tooting-gala-1.php

and a series of photographs may be seen at:

http://playingbingo.co.uk/land-bingo/club-finder/l/london-gala-bingo-mitcham-road-tooting-gallery.php

I am working on my account of my several visits to the Granada/Gala Woolwich where I was also given free-range to the place.

Enjoy.

Charles S.P. Jenkins

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Historic photographs of the Granada as a cinema, and its Wurlitzer organ console:
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/1523.html

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on November 14, 2007 at 12:01 am

Woody, what a STUNNING set of photos!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 13, 2007 at 8:15 pm

A set of photographs of the Granada Tooting here:
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woody
woody on September 19, 2007 at 10:18 am

The Granada was open to the public last weekend, so i was able to go mad and get loads of amazin shots, pity the organ wasnt on display
here is a link to the set of photos i took, click on a thumbnail to open up to larger size
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 27, 2007 at 6:45 pm

After several years of planning and many months of work, the magnificent Wurlitzer theatre organ was finally released from its ‘tomb’ under the bingo callers podium. A new lift has been installed so that the organ console can now rise up again. The first public concert to held on the organ since the early 1970’s took place on 22nd April 2007 and a further three concerts were planned for later in 2007.

On Friday 20th July 2007 disaster struck when south London and many parts of southern and western England were hit by violent storms, when 4 inches of rain fell out the sky in less than one hour, causing severe flooding. At the Granada Theatre the organ chambers, which are located under the stage and the console were flooded and concerts have been cancelled for this year while repairs are carried out to the instrument

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm

A great set of photographs on the interior of the Granada Theatre, Tooting, taken in March 2006:
The great entrance hall side wall and ceiling:
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112640686/
The hall of mirrors (balcony waiting area):
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112640973/
Rear of the balcony & ceiling:
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112641162/
Auditorium side wall viewed from the balcony:
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112641572/
Proscenium and stage:
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112641984/
A section of the main coffered ceiling with a Granada chandelier:
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112642315/
Edge of front balcony with side wall paintings by Alex Johnson:
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112642856/
Side wall paintings and front stalls exit:
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112643254/
Front stalls exit details:
http://flickr.com/photos/flameproof/112643671/

edmoriarty
edmoriarty on November 6, 2006 at 12:59 pm

Hello all, I’m researching the Granada, and if anyone (Ramondo included) has memories about the old days – pre Bingo – I’d love to hear from you. Thanks

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 2, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Some vintage photographs, exterior and interior plus a couple of clips to hear the Wurlitzer organ here:
http://www.darkscreens.co.uk/cinema.asp?id=162

Ramondo
Ramondo on February 8, 2006 at 5:26 pm

I was delighted to come upon this great website .
I worked at the magnificent Granada Theatre at Tooting Broadway
in the very early nineteen sixties .
Charles Shaw was the General Manager . Jim Carson was the Cheif
Projectionist whom I worked under as trainee projectionist ,eventually becoming second projectionist ,doing also work on sound ,lighting ,and props .
The earliest film I remember screening there was “Idol on parade "
starring Anthony Newley .
I was there nearly four years and saw some of the great recording artists of that period performing on our stage to some three thousand fans .
When working on stage ,the shreiks and screams from the girls was competing with the noise from the amplified instruments of the artists .
I would love to share some of the wonderful memories I have of my time there with anyone interested .

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 27, 2006 at 4:22 pm

Here is an exterior view, taken when still in cinema operation as the Granada Theatre, Tooting:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 17, 2005 at 9:58 am

An exterior photograph from woody showing the building in its current use as a Gala Bingo Club in September 2003:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 19, 2005 at 9:08 pm

Another view from the rear circle of England’s only Grade I Listed cinema building:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 3, 2005 at 7:41 pm

Thanks to woody; for these excellent recent photographs

Auditorium view from the rear of the balcony
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/48977123/

Coffered ceiling and chandelier fitting above the circle
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/48977121/

Close-up detail of the coffered ceiling
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/48977122/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 20, 2005 at 12:42 pm

The magnificent auditorium of the Grade I Listed, Granada Theatre, Tooting in South London, in use as a Bingo Hall here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 3, 2005 at 1:34 am

I mention in the opening description that the Wurlitzer organ came from a theatre in Sacramento, California. I was originally installed in 1926 in the Majestic Theatre, Sacramento. CA and modified and enlarged for the Granada Tooting installation in 1931