Granada Kennington

216 Kennington Road,
London, SE11 6HR

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Previously operated by: Granada Theatres Ltd.

Architects: Bertie Crewe, Henry G. Kay

Functions: Housing, Supermarket

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Regal Cinema

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Granada Kennington

Located on the corner of Kennington Road and Black Prince Road. The Regal Cinema was opened on 17th November 1937 with Ruby Keeler in "Ready, Willing and Able" and Ralph Reader in "The Gang Show" plus variety acts on the stage. It was built for and operated by an independent operator, Arthur O'Connor Cinemas. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels, and it was equipped with a 2Manual Le Fluer (Hammond electronic) organ, which was opened by organist Stanley Miller. It was closed in the early part of World War II in Autumn 1940, due to the heavy bombing on London. It was re-opened on 18th May 1941.

The Regal Cinema was taken over by the Granada Theatres Ltd. chain from May 1948. It was re-named Granada on 3rd January 1949. The Granada was closed on 15th July 1961 with Kenneth More in "Genevieve" and Dirk Bogarde in "Doctor At Large".

From October 1961, it was converted into a Granada Bingo Club, with wrestling on some nights a week, later going to full time bingo. In May 1961 it became a Gala Bingo Club which was closed on 9th March 1997. The building was added to a local conservation area, and was taken over by a church in 1998. They moved out of the building in around 2003, as planning permission had been granted in October 2001, to demolish the auditorium and build a block of 62 flats on the site, retaining the original cinema entrance and fa├žade to be used as a Tesco Express supermarket. It was demolished in July-October 2004.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Some photographs and more details on the Regal Cinema/Granada:

KitGreen on June 6, 2012 at 1:28 am

The entrance area is now used as a Tesco Express supermarket.

rivest266 on July 31, 2021 at 10:47 am

November 12th, 1937 grand opening ad posted.

GeraldGlover on November 30, 2023 at 4:37 am

I was Asst Manager here (Eric Tripp was Gen Mgr)in 1960 when we screened The Trials of Oscar Wilde. We were both on duty in the foyer when a bunch of green carnations were delivered to me - I turned to Eric and asked, “What should I do with these?”….“Put one in your hair why don’t you?”!!

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