Grosvenor Cinema

440 Alexandra Avenue,
Rayners Lane,
Harrow, HA2 9TL

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Previously operated by: Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Odeon Theatres Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: Frank Ernest Bromige

Functions: Religious Services

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Gaumont Rayners Lane, Odeon Rayners Lane, Ace Cinema

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Grosvenor Cinema

Located in the Rayners Lane district of Harrow, Middlesex, today part of northwest Greater London. The Grosvenor Cinema opened on 12th October 1936 with Jean Hersholt in “The Country Doctor”. It is most notable for its fantastic facade, sometimes referred to as ‘the elephant’s trunk’. The auditorium had a seating capacity for 1,235, with 830 in the stalls and 405 in the circle. The stage was 44 feet deep, and there were six dressing rooms. There was a cafe located in a sunken area in the centre of the main foyer.

It was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. on 5th May 1937 and renamed the Odeon in 1941. It became the Gaumont on 26th October 1950, then renamed the Odeon again on 27 April 1964, but with reduced seating to 1,185.

From 1st November 1981 it was taken over by an independent operator and re-named Ace Cinema. It was at this time that the building was granted the status of a Grade II Listed building. The Ace Cinema closed on the 6th October 1986, and two years later it’s listing was upgraded to Grade II*.

It then became a wine bar, known as the Ace Bar in the main foyer, with a night club in the auditorium named the Grosvenor Cine/Bar Experience. The auditorium became the Studio Warehouse nightclub and operated into the mid-1990’s.

The building lay empty and unused for several years until 2000, when it was taken over by the Zoroastrian Centre for Europe and became the Zoroastrian Centre, in use for religious services.

Contributed by Kev Phelan

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Gaumont on May 19, 2006 at 1:40 am

There are some pictures taken in 2006 in these links:
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Ian on May 19, 2006 at 8:23 am

Some exterior & interior pictures here – from when it was still a cinema!:–

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Ian on January 24, 2010 at 1:33 am

Two interior pics here from when it was operating as the Ace Cinema in 1986:–

Ian on September 27, 2023 at 2:14 am

Some photos, taken in September 2023 at the Open City event, of the cinema as the Zoroastrian Centre





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