Grand Staircase Ruins, First Granada Cinema, Castle Street, Dover, Kent, England, UK

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Built in 1929 and opened by Sidney and Cecil Bernstein on January 8th, 1930. Interior designed by Theodore Komisarjevsky: auditorium set in a Moorish style and foyer (the photo above) in that of Louis XV of France. Stairway leads to Upper Circle. ABC Cinema 1960-1982, then Images Nightclub, and finally Snoops Nightclub. Now derelict and owned by J D Wetherspoons. Urban Dover Architecture, History, Travel and Tourism.

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John Latter on March 4, 2013

The ticket office and reception area, and then Dolphin Passage, are behind the viewer; the auditorium is to the left; a main exit and Castle Street (that joins the Market Square to Castle Hill Road) is to the right.

The building's external art deco architectural features are largely hidden beneath the blue protective coverings (1) shown in:

Art Deco Ruins of First UK Granada Cinema, Castle Street, Dover, United Kingdom

This photo also appears on the Pinterest Dover Town board at:

Grand Staircase Ruins, First Granada Cinema, Castle Street, Dover, United Kingdom

And on the Pinterest Old Dover board at:

Grand Staircase Ruins, First Granada Cinema, Castle Street, Dover, United Kingdom

NB The caption to the Pinterest photos (see all Pinterest Images of Dover boards) do not have the following information:

Sidney Lewis Bernstein

Baron Bernstein (30 January 1899 – 5 February 1993) was a British media baron who was known as the founding chairman of the London-based Granada Group and the founder of the Manchester-based Granada Television in 1954 (later of Coronation Street fame) .

Theodore Komisarjevsky

A leading 20th century theatrical director and designer. He also published a study of theatrical costumes, translated and wrote plays, and gave lectures at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Contraband Spain

This is the title of a 1956 British-Spanish crime film directed by Lawrence Huntington and starring Richard Greene (ITV's Robin Hood), Anouk Aimée and Michael Denison. Part of it was filmed in Dover and featured the Granada Cinema on Castle Street.

ABC Cinemas

Associated British Cinemas was a cinema chain in the United Kingdom. A wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC).

As a child, one of the highlights of the week was going to, "Saturday Morning PIctures":

In the 1940s, ABC set up the first major Saturday cinema club for children, "The ABC Minors". At the beginning of each Saturday morning session, the "ABC Minors Song" would be played to the tune of 'Blaze Away' by Abe Holzmann (1874–1939), whilst the lyrics were presented on the screen with a bouncing red ball above the words to help the audience keep the place.

Quotes from Wikipedia (except that for Theodore Komisarjevsky).

A January 2013 view of Castle Street:

Sunshine after Rain, Castle Street, Dover, Kent, England

Castle Street in 1940:

Castle Street in World War II, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Also see the 2009 photos:

The Market Square and Castle Street, Dover, Kent, England, UK


Rear view of the First Granada Cinema building, Dover

(1) Some design features can be seen in a 2007 photo taken with my first digital camera:

The First Granada Cinema, Castle Street, Dover

John Latter / Jorolat

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  • Uploaded on March 4, 2013
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/07/05 07:07:50
    • Exposure: 0.025s (1/40)
    • Focal Length: 23.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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