Date of closure: April 1977
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At the moment we do not have details of the events that led up to, or any of the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Granada Bingo Wandsworth, but we do know a bit about the venue’s past.
The Granada Theatre, had over 2,000 seats, and was opened in October 1936, with several film stars of the day. The design is typical of the era, and has a ‘suburban look’ to its exterior. A fin remains, although we don’t think it is the original, many constructed back in the day were constructed with a bit more ‘flair’, including curves and embellishments, whereas this one is rather plain (as you can see from the image below).
The interior was apparently not overly ornate either, the period of the prominence of Neoclassical, and Art Deco design having mainly disappeared by the thirties. The theatre was however fully equipped with dressing rooms, and a Wurlitzer organ.
Bomb damage was sustained during the war (twice), which resulted in closure until the repaired venue was reopened in 1949. In the early sixties bingo shared the bill with films on a part-time basis, until 1965, when bingo took over full-time. Bingo lasted until 1977, and since then, the venue has been host to a skateboard centre, and latterly, the London South Bank Squash and Fitness Club. No bingo unfortunately, but, at least it’s still standing.
If you have any details that may assist us, and you would like to share them with our readers, we would love to hear from you.
By Gareth Whieldon (July 2012)