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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

The cinema on the corner of Wightman Road at 139 Turnpike Lane was Harringay's fifth cinema, Although it seems to have been listed under various names in local directories, advertisements and references in the local press always called it the Grand Cinema till at least 1928. Directory listings show that it started life in 1912 as the Bioscope Picture Palace. By 1920, it had been renamed as the Grand Picture House. By 1928 it was the Grand Cinema and by 1931 it was the New Clarence cinema.

Below is an advert from the Hornsey Journal in 1915:

By 1934 the cinema had closed down for good. The building was then empty for five years until CSM Motor Bodies took on the premises in 1939. C.S.M. remained in the building until 1965 and soon after the building was demolished as part of the Wightman/Turnpike/Hornsey Park crossroads alignment in 1973/74.

You can see the cinema in context in 1930s aerial photo.

Thanks to Jeremy Buck for finding Kevin Wheelan's photo and publishing it in his book 'Cinemas of Haringey'.

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