Memory Lane: Grantham used to be full of cinemas

Memory Lane: Granada Social Club, formerly the Granada Cinema. Photo courtesy of Terry Shelbourne.

Memory Lane: Granada Social Club, formerly the Granada Cinema. Photo courtesy of Terry Shelbourne.

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While we await Grantham’s new cinema, it’s interesting to look back and realise quite how many picture houses the town once had.

These included the Granada Cinema on St Peter’s Hill, formerly the State Cinema.

Reader Joyce Mary Sabin remembers: “I saw some good films there and they did pop shows and pantomimes, too.”

Managed by the much-loved Harry Sanders, he was able to book some of the biggest acts of the time, including Little Richard, Bob Monkhouse and Frankie Howerd.

It later became a social club, as captured here by Terry Shelbourne, before being turned into the entrance of the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre.

Terry also recalls the Central cinema next to Catlins, and the Empire cinema on George Street.