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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
27th April 1962 Arnold Wesker's Chips with Everything, premieres in London
27th April 1959 Born today: Marco Pirroni, London, rock guitarist (Adam and The Ants)
27th April 1943 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London
27th April 1922 Born today: Daphne Anderson, London, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice)
27th April 1908 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
27th April 1828 Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opens
The Woolwich Granada
The most romantic theatre ever built?
Location: 174-186 Powis Street, Woolwich, SE18 6NL
Description: The Woolwich Granada, a Gothic densation in it's day was once described as 'the most romantic theatre ever built'.
It was designed by architect George Coles
in a modern gothic and art deco hybrid and opened in 1937.
In it's early days it became a celebrity premiere hotspot with many stars attending first nights here including Glenda Farrell, Claude Hulbert, and Buddy Holly.
Inside there's a Hall of Mirrors serving as a waiting area for balcony patrons.
Today the grade II listed former Odeon and Bingo hall is part of the thriving New Wine Church.