Granada Clapham Junction

58 St. John's Hill,
London, SW11

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rivest266 on July 29, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

Wurlitzer420 on December 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

the magnificent 3-8 Wurlitzer is installed in a school in Geneve Switserland. Not much used as so many great shame

gfdbill on March 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I was an occasional visitor in my early years in the 1950’s. They ran Saturday morning kids shows – children only – you couldn’t take your parents! Sometimes they played the organ and we sang the Clapham Grenadiers song. The shows always started with a short cartoon – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, etc. Or perhaps Bugs Bunny or Sylvester & Tweety Pie. Next was an episode of a serial such as Flash Gordon – great stories, pity about the pathetic special effects! Occasionally they showed a newsreel, but often it was a comedy short – The Three Stooges, or Bowery Boys. Finally the main film. Westerns were very popular. Anything with plenty of action and not too much kissing! As a visitor from Devon, I found the London kids rather lively, but there was no really bad behaviour. Imagine the atmosphere when there was an exciting scene – all those kids shouting there support for the goodies and booing the bad guys! Those shows were really enjoyable.

robblumer on June 12, 2013 at 4:47 am

I have been involved with the Granada since moving to St.John’s Hill in 1994,and more directly, after it’s closure in Dec 1997.I have created a website dedicated to this extraordinairy building and detailing the ups and downs of it’s existance so far!

It is heartening to play a part in its current rennaissance – and to share the security it now enjoys for the foreseeable future.

Barrowboy on June 10, 2013 at 3:33 am

Ken, I can see that you were busy snapping away during the CTA meeting last month. The CJ Granada is special to me as it was my local cinema during the 1950’s and 60’s when I lived in Battersea. I attach a link to my Flickr set which includes historic as well as photos taken at the AGM:

woody on January 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

a view taken from a train showing the scale of the apartments covering the cinema with just the red brick flytower visible

AdoraKiaOra on September 11, 2008 at 9:30 am

Yea thats what i had heard but my eyes nearly popped out when i saw that hoarding! Ah well!
Clapham could do with a screen that area.

Ian on September 11, 2008 at 9:14 am

No – not as far as I am aware. I think they have “imaginatively” named the apartments Lumiere. The last I heard was that the cinema part, although due to be restored, did not have a tenant, but a church group was thought to be a likely prospect.

AdoraKiaOra on September 11, 2008 at 3:50 am

Are Lumiere planing a screen here?

Ian on September 10, 2008 at 4:14 am

Some photos taken September 2008 showing the new steelwork being erected over the auditorium, on top of the stage tower and the work punching through windows on the upper part of the stage tower.

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ajackson777 on January 25, 2008 at 10:32 am

I’m thinking about buying one of the Granada apartments that are now on sale – I love the building. I was banking on the fact that the theatre would be restored to its former glory – that’s what the developers told me would happen, although they admit that they have not yet leased/sold it.

Westrex – where did you hear about the church plan? Is that definite? Thanks!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 1, 2007 at 8:29 am

Two vintage photographs of the former Granada Theatre, courtesy of the Cinema Theatre Association archives:
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Doolally on November 18, 2007 at 11:38 am

i drove past this building tonight. The hoarding now just says ‘Former Granada Cinema, For Sale"

Is the conversion still going to happen?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 13, 2007 at 12:12 pm

A set of photographs of the Granada Clapham Junction here:
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AdoraKiaOra on October 30, 2007 at 5:40 pm

Oct 30th. 2007. At 1.30pm today i flew over it and its still there! Which is more than i can say for the Dominion in Houslow which i passed over minutes later and is now as flat as a car park!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 19, 2007 at 10:22 am

A great view of the auditorium prior to tripling & bingo use, plus thumbnail views of the exterior as is and as will possibly be!:

Ian on October 14, 2007 at 11:32 am

Anyhow, having taken some pictures this month of the Granada CLAPHAM JUNCTION (October 2007) here they are ! :–

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Ian on October 14, 2007 at 11:28 am

I have just spent some time submitting a new listing for this theatre because of the inaccurate location on CT. This is Clapham Junction NOT Battersea!

There seems to be a policy now of listing theatres as (for example) Granada Theatre, or Granada Cinema, when actually the location is (almost) part of the name – Granada Bedford or Granada Clapham Junction. This is detrimental to those seeking to add to the site as it is often difficult to find if the theatre has already been listed.

Entries are vetted and altered by CT volunteers too readily IMHO and a thorough look at how theatres are identified needs to take place.

Doolally on July 20, 2007 at 9:12 am


That looks great. Let’s hope it happens.

benrayner on July 20, 2007 at 8:42 am

What about this promising-looking development:

bizmark98 on June 24, 2007 at 11:14 pm

Planning permission has been granted for conversion to a church plus some flats etc.
The hording is still in place and builders accomodation has been installed on land at the rear of the theater.

Doolally on May 17, 2007 at 11:31 am

The entire building is currently surrounded by hoardings, it looks as though demolition is about to happen…….

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 24, 2007 at 4:49 am

Here are 3 excellent photographs of the auditorium of the Granada Theatre, Clapham Junction which show its condition as seen in October 2006: