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Tooting Granada Cinema



What a crackinly great momument to gothic art this old building is. Now lurking as a bingo hall, it sits on a smelly high street, and isnt so cute from the outside. but go through the doors and you are in one of the most highly decorated gothic halls in the world. The detailing is magificent, and it is everywhere, even at the back of the circle. Journey starts in the foyer, looking like a royal palace, and the double staircases take visitors to the sacred hall of many mirrors. The opening from this onto the temple itself does not prepare you for the grandeur about to hit your eyes. Beware! The gothic, however, does not sit easy with the bingo trivia, but at least they might have saved it from demolition.



Tooting Cinema


Gothic building


old Tooting Cinema


Art deco cinema


Art deco building


Tooting broadway


gothic cinema


Tooting Hall of mirrors


Built around the 1920's, this old gothic cinema resembles a church with all the trimmings. One of the main features is the huge Wurlitzer Organ that appears hydraulically from beneath the floor. Otherwise, it is a highly decorated work of art. Must be seen. Once called the Granada, and now called the Gala Bingo Hall, it used to be a major player on the concert circuit, and the Beatles have played here, as well as Frank Sinatra, Vera Lynn, and Jimi Hendrix.

Charles (of London Town)


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