Biograph Theatre

248 Kilburn High Road,
London, NW6 2BS

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Previously operated by: Biograph Theatres Ltd.

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Biograph Theatre

Located at 236 Kilburn High Road, in Kilburn, northwest London, to the north of the Grange Cinema (which opened in 1914). The High Road was renumbered around 1923 and the current address is 248 Kilburn High Road. A long passage led to the auditorium which was located behind buildings on Kilburn High Road. The Biograph Theatre was opened in May 1910 and was built for the small chain of Biograph Theatres Ltd. operated by American exhibitor George Washington Grant. They already operated Biograph Theatre’s located in the London suburbs of Holloway and Peckham and the chain grew to nine cinemas before the company was wound up in 1922. Films were booked at the company’s Biograph Theatre in Victoria.

The Biograph Theatre was closed in 1917, and became a billiard hall for W. Jelks & Sons from 1926. In 1931 it became a costumiers shop. In 1956 the auditorium became a recording studio named Master Rock Studios and artistes such as Elton John, Jeff Beck, U2, Eric Clapton, Roxy Music, Simply Red, Oasis, Robbie Williams & Suede recorded tracks or had them remastered here. By 1979 the entrance was a photography shop & studio. The Master Rock Studio was closed in March 2000.

It has since been demolished and a new development containing flats was being constructed on the site in July 2019. A tiny fragment of the fa├žade of the Biograph Theatre can still be seen on the right-hand edge of the building at 250 Kilburn High Road.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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