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Once the Liverpool factory was in full operation, Huntley & Palmers began an expensive plan of improvement at the Reading factory. Despite this financial commitment Huntley & Palmers profits were in decline. By the 1970s the King’s Road factory was felt to be too cramped for necessary modernisation and in 1972 the closure of the factory was announced. After many years of being run down, biscuit production at Reading was finally discontinued in 1976.
 
Filming of Bugsy Malone, 1975
Filming of Bugsy Malone, 1975

Before the Curtain goes down
The Reading factory did have one final role to play before the curtain fell. In 1975 it provided the location for the bar scenes in the Hollywood movie ‘Bugsy Malone’ with Jodie Foster and Scott Baio.
 
New Owners
In 1982 Huntley & Palmers - by then part of Associated Biscuits, was purchased by Nabisco, the North American multi-national and the last members of the Palmer family left the board of directors. In 1983 the factory in Liverpool was closed and the Reading factory was gradually demolished and redeveloped. The 1930s offices were the last to go in the early 1990s.
 

Last Building Standing
One building - the old recreation club headquarters - resisted demolition and was converted into social housing for the people of Reading. The Huntley & Palmers sign was restored and the building can be seen today on the banks of the canal, a lasting remnant of what was once a great biscuit factory.
Recreation club, 1936
Recreation club, 1936
 
 
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