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20th July 1982 IRA bomb attacks in London

20th July 1982 Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode in 2 London parks

20th July 1982 T Macauly and D Vosburghs musical Windy City, premieres in London

20th July 1960 Born today: Katie Rabbet, London England, Prince Andrew's former girlfriend

20th July 1956 Born today: Paul Cook, London, rock drummer (Sex Pistols)

20th July 1944 Pierre Vinot, French ambassador to London/writer, dies

20th July 1935 Born today: Ted Rogers, Kennington London, comedian (Aladdin, Cinderella)

20th July 1930 Born today: Sally Ann Howes, London England, actress (Dead of Night)

The Rainbow Theatre



The Rainbow Theatre

This church was once a cinema and legendary live music venue.

Location: Isledon Road, Finsbury Park

Description: The Rainbow Theatre is a Grade II* listed building that is now a pentecostal church. It was originally built as the Astoria Theatre, a cinema in 1930. Later it became a vibrant music venue for new live bands.

As a rock venue it saw loads of great bands and legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Clash, and The Who.

It closed in 1975 and lost some ground to Camden's Roundhouse but its reopening and refurbishment in 1977 set it back on course as a prominent North London venue.

It became famous for being where a Clash gig turned into a riot where seats were torn up and hurled around the place.

It was reputedly here that guitar legend Jimi Hendrix first burnt his Fender Stratocaster on stage.

Yes, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Sweet and The Beach Boys all recorded live albums here.

The Stranglers regularly played here and the Ramones had their 1977 New Years Eve concert immortalised on vinyl with the double classic 'It's Alive'.

After numerous noise complaints it declined and it closed in 1982.

The dramatic climax to the 1980 British film Breaking Glass was shot here, it was directed by Brian Gibson, and starred Hazel O'Connor, Phil Daniels and Jonathan Pryce.


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The Rainbow Theatre

This church was once a cinema and legendary live music venue.


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