GRANADA CINEMA MANSFIELD

Wurlitzer Organ

By Shirley Blythe

I recently read some history about the Mansfield Granada cinema which said it was opened on the 4th August 1930 as the Plaza Cinema.  In April 1936 a Wurlitzer 3 manual organ was opened by organist Harold Ramsey and the cinema was taken over and renamed the Granada from April 1942. 

Photo:Believed to be John Madin in the Granada February 1968

Believed to be John Madin in the Granada February 1968

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On the 26th May 1973 the Granada was closed showing the film 'Young Winston' starring Simon Ward.

The Wurlitzer organ was removed by ex Granada organist John Madin  of Chesterfield who tried to find a home for it in Chesterfield, but was unsuccessful. 

Photo:June 1973 Removing the Wurlitzer organ from the Granada

June 1973 Removing the Wurlitzer organ from the Granada

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He then sold it to a Mr Graham Fields who had it in a local restaurant which he subsequently sold to purchase a former Methodist Chapel in Matlock where the organ was fully installed and opened in 1995.  The Chapel was then sold when Mr Fields moved to Greece after which Mr Graham Atkinson bought the organ.

A few days ago my husband and I went to the Scarborough Fair Collection which is situated on the Flower of May Holiday Park, Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough, YO11 3NU and if you haven't got a car, it is on the No. 120 Scarborough/Bridlington bus route.  We were so chuffed to find our Mansfield Granada Wurlitzer organ there in the café/ballroom being played for the afternoon tea dances, and also there is the Wurlitzer organ that had been situated at The Ranch, Sutton-in-Ashfield.  We told the organist Mr Michael Carr that as children we had sung to this very organ at the Saturday morning children's film shows when it was played by Boyd Oxford.  He said he loves the mellow sound that it produces.  What a history it has, and it's so good to think it is now giving so much pleasure to so many people once again.  I'm sure we'll go back again some day to recollect the 'old days' of being one of the Saturday Grenadiers as we were called, and to also see the old fairground rides.

 

Acknowledgement to Mansfield Museum for the photos from their Chad Negative collection.

 

 

This page was added on 05/09/2017.
Comments about this page

Hello Shirley, what a lovely story.. Say Hello to Roy, I hope you are both keeping well.  I enjoy  listening to the Blackpool Organ on occasions. I always remember a friend of mine from Landers, He was an organist, he often stood  in to play the organ at the Granada. His name was Stanley . and for the life of me , I cannot recall his Second name. Love reading your memories.

By Alan Curtis
On 05/09/2017

Once again nostalgia at its very best for those who can remember the old picture places as we called them then.Great story yet sad in a way as progress ( if you can call it ) takes over from memories long gone .

By G.Burton former Woodus Lad
On 30/10/2017

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