About The Venue

Everything you need to know about our venue

This old cinema has a deep rooted history in the neighbourhood and we are keen that this building not only helps us to deliver a premium event space to out clients but we hope that it serves the local community too.

We saw it’s potential and were keen to make it more versatile than it’s previous uses and so we’ve kitted the building out with the best technology we could muster to make it as diverse a space as possible. In doing so we believe we have created a venue that will suit the needs of any event.

We recognise the potential to help prosper our local community by partnering with local businesses and encouraging the local community to use the space for local events and we even thought about a regular cinema club to keep the roots alive.

The Rialto opened in 1928, one of relatively few survivors of the silent era in Britain. Its site was previously part of the grounds of a large house, which had been built in the 1830s in the Great North Wood that once covered much of South London.

Granada bought the cinema and commissioned George Coles to modernise the premises, which reopened in 1950. Coles designed over 80 cinemas in Britain, which include some of the finest examples of Art Deco ebullience. At Upper Norwood, his style is more measured, giving rise to a dignified, noble sense of grandeur. Only six of Coles’ buildings remain in use as cinemas.

Church Road, Westow Street and Westow Hill comprise what is locally known as the Triangle, shared between Bromley, Croydon and Lambeth boroughs. The architecture is mainly mid-to-late-Victorian, with a pleasing diversity of periods and styles. 25 Church Road provides a dynamic contrast to the streetscape, through the clean geometry of its facade and the exposed brick massing of its auditorium.

Bromley created the Crystal Palace Park Conservation Area in 1989, which includes the eastern side of Church Road. The western side of Church Road is in the Upper Norwood Triangle Conservation Area, which Croydon created in 1989.

The Rialto opened when Upper Norwood was a genteel shopping centre, with the Crystal Palace still standing to its north. In the post-war years, the Triangle area suffered blight from road schemes and redevelopment plans. The cinema became a Granada bingo hall in 1968 and a Gala bingo hall in 1991.

Gradually, regeneration has occurred, largely through the initiatives of local businesses and community groups, supported by local councils. The Triangle is now a lively district centre of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés for a catchment area of about 60,000 people within a two-mile radius.

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What we have to offer

Main Room

This is the venue's main feature. You'll be amazed at it's size.

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Meeting Room

We also have a large meeting/conference room available.

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Accessibility

All areas of the site are accessible by wheelchair

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Facilities

Toilets, environmental controls, kitchens & IT - we've got it all

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Audio Visual

We've got state-of-the-art equipment and great tech people

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Staff on hand

There will always be a staff member on hand to help

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Where are we?

25 Church Road,

Crystal Palace,

London,

SE19 2TE

How to get here

Transport Links

Being in London means we have great transport links. Use the toggles to find out more about different ways to get to us.

Parking

  • Venue Parking – We have limited parking at the rear of the building suitable for three large vehicles. However this access is shared with other local businesses. Access to the rear of the building is via Milestone Road.
  • Street Parking – Local street parking is available through out this, predominately residential area. Click here to find out what streets hold what restrictions.
  • Car Parks – Click here to see a list of all council run car parks in the area

Buses

Several Busses run right outside the venue.

Checkout TFL for more info.

Overground Trains

We have several train stations in the surrounding area all within a few minutes walk.

  • Crystal Palace
  • Penge West
  • Penge East
  • Gipsy Hill
  • Anerley

Checkout TFL for more info.

Need more information? Then don’t hesitate to get in touch