229 Greenford Road,
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Previously operated by: Granada Theatres Ltd.
A large theatre located in Greenford, Middlesex, today a district on the west side of Greater London. The Granada Theatre opened on 13th November 1937 with Alice Faye in "Wake Up and Live" and Claire Trevor in "King of Gamblers". Film star Gracie Fields attended the opening ceremony and the Wurlitzer 3Manuals/8Rank (with grand piano) theatre organ was opened by Dudley Beaven.
The Granada Theatre was built for Sidney Bernstein’s Granada Theatre’s circuit and it was considered to be what is termed ‘a standard Granada’. It was built on the site of a Roman Catholic church which was demolished to build the cinema. Architects Charles Dixon and Henry Braddock were in charge of the design under the consultation of architect Cecil Masey. The façade had a simple brick entrance block which had a slim vertical tower feature with the theatre’s name in neon lettering. The interior was designed by Theodore Komisarjevsky and had a series of 3 ornamental grilles on each side of the proscenium and a large ornamental feature in the ceiling, from which hung a large ‘Granada’ style chandelier. The theatre was equipped for stage shows and had a large car park.
It was a little off the beaten track and not close to a main shopping centre, a reason which made this particular Granada Theatre not a huge success. It was closed on 15th September 1966 with Sean Connery in "A Fine Madness" and "Dead Man’s Chest".
The building was converted into a Tesco supermarket which remains open today. There is nothing to be seen of the original decoration in the supermarket due to a false ceiling which has been suspended forward of the balcony front, but it still remains above false suspended ceilings and behind walls of shelving.
In the summer of 2009, Tesco announced they planned to demolish the building and build a purpose-built supermarket on the site.
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