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IN THE NEWS
TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
A Palatial Cinema Experience
Art Deco, Magnificent, and Blockbusters a plenty
Location: 14 South Road, Southall, UB1 3RT
Description: And I quote... 'Welcome to the Himalaya Palace - the most luxurious 3 screen cinema in West London' - or so the website says.
What we can be sure of is the buildings 'art deco' feel under a red pagoda roof, a magnificent creation by the great cinema architect George Coles. It was rescued from demolition and renamed by local businessman Surjit Phander, reopening in 2001 as the finest place in London to see the latest Bollywood blockusters.
The noisily appreciative locals and amazing building add a real flavour of the sub-continent to the movie-going experience. It also shows a full program of mainstream Hollywood films.
So the website may just be right.