The Granada Theatres by Allen Eyles

The Granada Theatres by Allen Eyles soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Burgess Hill: The Cinema Theatre Association , 1998, Paperback.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour photographs; Frontispiece; Title page vignette;

From the cover: The Granada circuit was notable tor ft: many large cinemas with distinctive interiors by the Russian-born designer Theodore Komisarjevsky. Its more opulent buildings, like the celebrated Granadas at Tooting and Woolwich in Gothic idiom, have been aptly described as cathedrals of the movies.

The Granadas were always called Theatres rather than cinemas as almost all had full stage facilities that were often used for live shows. The Tooting and Woolwich Granadas have both been listed as buildings of outstanding architectural and social interest along with the lavish and only slightly less spectacular Granadas at Clapham Junction, Harrow, Kingston, Shrewsbury and Wal-thamstow. Although the Granada name has gone, many of the theatres survive as cinemas, bingo clubs and in other leisure uses, although some have simply been boarded up.

The history of the Granadas directly involves its dynamic and outspoken head, Sidney Bernstein. He gave the company an influence out of all proportion to its numerical strength through his adventurous design of cinemas, a flair for managing and

promoting the circuit, and the leadership he exercised in film exhibition matters generally.

This history covers individually the cinemas built and opened by the circuit in the 1930s at Dover, Walthamstow, Tooting, Maidstone, Shrewsbury, Bedford, Manchester (taken over by Gaumont), Wandsworth Road, Cheam, Woolwich, Greenwich, Harrow, Clapham Junction, Greenford, Welling, Slough, East Ham and Kingston. It also deals with older Bernstein cinemas, some rebuilt as modern Granadas; the Granadas that were proposed and never built; and the acquisition of numerous cinemas. There is a list of films given a special Granada release and of the famous pantomimes. Also featured are reminiscences by former Granada managers, projectionists and executives, a rich array of photographs (some in full colour), and press advertising.

This book is a companion volume to ABC The First Name in Entertainment (1993) and Gaumont British Cinemas (1996).

Very Good.

256 pages. Bibliography. 8″ x 8½”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books within my Movies catalogue?

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