Gateway Breakfast House
John Wilson St, London, United Kingdom
Gateway Breakfast House London Reviews
Gateway House and the Cathedral Mar 20, 2017
Close to the southern terminal of the Woolwich Free Ferry, there are two remarkable buildings dating back to the golden days of cinema construction.
One of them is GATEWAY HOUSE (not 'Gateway Breakfast House!). This magnificent art-deco building designed by George Coles and built in 1937, used to be the Odeon Cinema of Woolwich. Since about 2001, it has been used both as a conference centre and a religious centre. George Coles also built what is now the GRACEPOINT centre in Essex Road (see my separate review of this).
The other, which is almost opposite, is THE CATHEDRAL', or CFT Cathedral (Ebenezer Building). Formerly, this building housed the Grenada Cinema. It was opened four months before the Odeon, which it faces, and it could seat an audience of almost 2500. Designed by a team that included Cecil Massey, Reginal Uren, and Theodore Komisarjevsky, it is now used and maintained by the Christian Faith Tabernacle. This organisation also restored what had once been a luxurious cinema to its former glory.
Both of these former cinemas must be worth entering, but I was unable to do so on my first and only visit.
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