‘Entertainment & Culture’ in Ealing has obviously changed way beyond recognition in the last 100 years and it will change again.
In the Victorian era one of Ealing’s primary leisure venues would have been the Lyric Theatre that later became known as the ‘Hippodrome’ theatre. No doubt the design of this building had fallen out of favour by 1958 when it was finally demolished. By the 1950’s it was probably a ‘fleapit’ of a place, hardly fit for purpose whose facade was converted into the present day frontage of WH Smiths. No doubt some well worn classic interiors would have been removed in the process to make way for the shop premises of today.
WHSmith has served the public very well selling all those copies of Record Collector (This month Cyril Davies is featured) and Mojo Magazine. In previous years albums such as ‘Who’s Next’ ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ ‘Tubular Bells and Beggars Banquet (all with Ealing connections) would have been key revenue earners.
Pictures courtesy Theatres Trust
This week new plans are on display detailing future developments of central Ealing. There are loads of positive aspects of re-development and we would urge people to check out the designs for themselves. Organisations such as Ealing Civic Society, Saving Ealing’s Centre and Ealing Neighbourhood Forum can be contacted on any planning concerns for this area.
Development is a great opportunity for all residents and business’s to reflect on what ‘Entertainment and Culture’ is needed for the next 50-100 years. The Ealing Club Community Interest Company Mission is: To highlight Ealing’s Music Heritage and Inspire New opportunities for LIVE MUSIC …..
Come to a gig, enjoy the experience and have a think about how Ealing’s contribution to British Blues and Rock could be celebrated ….it can inspire the future…….