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015 Grand Central Cinema, Bedford Row

The Central Hall was originally built as a Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1821 called the Independent Chapel. Sunday School sessions and church concerts were held there as well as funeral services for the deceased members of the congregation. It was reputed to have been built by the famous architect James Pain. It was re-opened by Paul Barnard as a cinema in November 1922. Going by the type of car pictured (Vauxhall Cadet) this shot dates from the early 1930s. Lining the street are the citizens as they watch the glitterati arrive for the show. The picture also gives the reader a perspective of what Bedford Row looked like eighty or so years ago. In 1973 a shop front had been inserted on the ground floor and access to the cinema was from one side of the building and up two flights of stairs. The cinema closed completely in 2004. The old art deco facade has been completely demolished and the original church frontage is encased in a new modern building

See Vol. 10, Page 24 for a picture of the original Central Hall church
015 Grand Central Cinema, Bedford Row

015 Grand Central Cinema, Bedford Row

The Central Hall was originally built as a Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1821 called the Independent Chapel. Sunday School sessions and church concerts were held there as well as funeral services for the deceased members of the congregation. It was reputed to have been built by the famous architect James Pain. It was re-opened by Paul Barnard as a cinema in November 1922. Going by the type of car pictured (Vauxhall Cadet) this shot dates from the early 1930s. Lining the street are the citizens as they watch the glitterati arrive for the show. The picture also gives the reader a perspective of what Bedford Row looked like eighty or so years ago. In 1973 a shop front had been inserted on the ground floor and access to the cinema was from one side of the building and up two flights of stairs. The cinema closed completely in 2004. The old art deco facade has been completely demolished and the original church frontage is encased in a new modern building

See Vol. 10, Page 24 for a picture of the original Central Hall church