Granada Hounslow

31 Staines Road,
Hounslow, TW3 3HE

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Previously operated by: Granada Theatres Ltd., London & District Cinemas Ltd.

Previous Names: Alcazar Cinema

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Granada Hounslow

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 the London & District Cinemas Ltd. chain. 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

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

PictureShow on June 3, 2011 at 6:53 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 on July 7, 2012 at 6:37 am

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

LauraWaller on February 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

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 !

Johnllon on January 11, 2015 at 11:38 am

This cinema was indeed next to the Regal, it was to the East of it, or to the left if facing the cinemas. I often used to go there from Twickenham as it was the nearest cinema with full magnetic stereophonic sound. (The nearby Odeon in Richmond had magnetic stereo sound but no “effects” speakers around the hall). The Granada got a lot of the 20th Century Fox Cinemascope films. It also had some road show runs with films like “The King and I” when it would do good business. It closed suddenly and the week after closure had on the canopy “We’re having a sale”, to try and sell of fixtures and fittings!. LauraWalla you could try Feltham History Society as they have an elderly member (Eddie) who knows a lot about cinemas in Hounslow and West London.

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