Cinema's of Barking & Dagenham
Extracts from The GOULD GAZETTEER of England’s provincial THEATRES, MUSIC HALLS, PALACES of VARIETY, and KINEMATOGRAPH EXHIBITIONS
BROADWAY THEATRE / BIOSCOPE PICTURE THEATRE Broadway Opened 1914. 650 seats. By 1937 prop. W. Clayton. 1937 prop. P. Feldman. Re-named by 1940. 1941: (BTH) - Prop., Broadway Cinema (Barking) Ltd., 152/253 Minories, E.C.3. Phone Royal 6896. 560 seats. Continuous. Prices 6d. to 1s. Booked in London, Proscenium width 21ft. Phone Rippleway 3512. Station, Barking, L.M.S. Closed. Demolished late 1940s? area cleared.
Picture taken in 1913, Broadway, Barking
CAPITOL East Street Opened 21st October 1929. Prop., W. F. Lesadd. Architect J. Aldridge. 1,266 seats. Organ: Standaart. To ABC 19th May 1930. By 1941: (WE) - Props., Associated British Cinemas, Ltd. 1,266 seats. Continuous. Booked at H.O. Phone Rippleway 2702. Station, Barking. Closed 12th December 1959. Demolished, later part of M&S. Shop closed by 1995.
Capitol, East Street, 1938 Central Hall, before 1938
CENTRAL HALL MISSION East Street Prop., Methodist church. Used for film in 30s & 40s. 1,400 cap. Destroyed by enemy action January 1945. Ruins demolished.
CINEMATOGRAPH / PICTURELAND / Public Baths Concert Hall
ODEON / RIO Longbridge Road (RCA) Opened 17th August 1935. Prop., Kay Bros. (Kessex Cinemas) Architect: George Coles. Props., Kessex Cinemas, Ltd., 142 Wardour Street, W1. Phone Gerrard 5252. 2,200 seats. Booked at H.O. Continuous, Pictures and Variety. Prices 6d. to 2s. 6d. Phone Grangewood 2900. Fitted ‘Ardente’ Stage Amplification. Sold to Rank’s G.C.F. Renamed Odeon 1945. Tripled 1974. Later 3 more screens. Closed 1998. Demolished, flats on site.
Barking Odeon, 1993
REGENT / ELECTRIC THEATRE & Vaudeville / ELECTRIC THEATRE de LUXE Ripple Road Opened July 1910. Prop., A. E. Martin. Cap. 808. 1922 as Elec Th -Prop., F. Martin. Res. Man., John Hill. Two shows nightly. Two changes weekly. Station Barking, M.R. Sold, re-furbished, re-opened as Electric September 1923. Props., Rose & Bockner. By 1941: (WE) - Props., Rose & Bockner, 808 seats. Continuous from 1 p.m. Two changes weekly, Prices 4d. to 1s.3d. Phone Rip. 2657, Station, Barking, L.M.S. 1955 sold to D. Freedman & re-named Regent. 750 seats. Closed 14th July 1956. Supermarket. Demolished for the building of the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre.
Barking Supermarket, once the Electric Cinema, Sept 1988
THEATRE-de-LUXE Bamford Road/Wakering Road. Opened c1914. Prop., Electric Theatres (1908) Ltd. 1922: prop. Arthur Blake. Closed c.1925. Workshop / 2nd-hand furniture store / sausage factory. Demolished. Council almshouses. Demolished for ring road.
CHADWELL HEATH, Essex
ODEON / GAUMONT (PALACE) / EMBASSY High Road (WE) Opened 17th May 1934. Architect: Harry Weston. Tea lounge / ballroom. Organ: Compton 3/9 with surround on lift. Pictures & variety. To Gaumont October 1934 – renamed GP 1935, shortened c.1937. By 1941 - Prop., Provincial Cinematograph Theatres, Ltd., New Gallery House, Regent Street, W1. Booked at H.O. Pictures and Variety, 1,806 seats. Prices 9d. to 1s. 10d. Proscenium width 40ft, stage, 24ft. Four dressing-rooms. Phone Seven Kings 3292. Station, Chadwell Heath. Re-named Odeon 1964. Closed 28th July 1966. Bingo.
N.B.The Odeon/Regent Becontree local station is given as Chadwell Heath
Embassy, Chadwell Heath High Road, later the Odeon
GRANGE CINEMA London Road/Goresbrook Road (RCA) Opened 1929. Prop., Kay Bros. 1,200 seats. Stage, two dressing rooms. 1941 - Props., Kessex Cinemas, Ltd., Film House, 142 Wardour Street, London W1. Phone Gerrard 5252. 1,200 seats. Booked at H.O. Continuous. Prices 9d. to 1s. 2d. Stage. Two dressing-rooms. Phone Rainham, Essex 193. Stations, Dagenham, Dock & Gale Street, L.M.S.; or Motor Transport. Leased to Odeon, taken over by Rank. Closed 24th August 1973. Demolished for supermarket.
The Grange, Dagenham
ODEON / GAUMONT / HEATHWAY CINEMA The Heathway Opened August 1936. Architect: George Coles. Neon by Major. 2,200 seats. Prop. Kessex Cinemas, Ltd., Film House, 142 Wardour Street, London W1. Phone Gerrard 5252. Prices 9d. to 1s. 10d. Phone Seven Kings 1030. Leased then taken over by Odeon. Rank form 1948. Re-named Gaumont 1950; Odeon 1964. Closed 20th February 1971. DIY store. Demolished 1983. Shops on site.
Gaumont, Heathway, 1956
ODEON /MAYFAIR CINEMA Whalebone Lane South (WE) Opened 9th December 1933. Prop., D. J. James’ circuit. Architect: Leslie Kemp (Kemp & Tasker). (Open-air swimming pool & terraces @ rear.) Sold 1936. By 1941: Props., Eastern Cinemas (G.C.F.) Ltd., Film House, 142, Wardour Street, W1. Phone Gerrard 5252. 1,764 seats. Booked at H.O. Continuous. Prices 9d. to 1s. 10d, Stage; five dressing-rooms. Café attached. Phone Seven Kings 3000. Stations, Chadwell Heath, L.N.E.R. Fitted ‘Ardente’ Stage Amplification. To Odeon 1943. Re-named Odeon Chadwell Heath 1945, later Odeon Whalebone Lane, Dagenham. Closed 12th February 1972. Bingo. Demolished. Supermarket & offices.
Mayfair, Whalebone Lane South
PRINCESS Review Rd (WE) Opened 8th October 1932. Architect: Robert Cromie. Prop, Princess (Dagenham) Ltd – Lou Morris. 1,987 seats – single floor. Organ: Compton 3c/7 with surround on lift. Café. Pictures & variety. To ABC 28th August 1933. By 1941: Controlled by Associated British Cinemas. Ltd. 30-31 Golden Square, W1. Phone Gerrard 7887. 1,987 seats. Closed 23rd April 1960, converted to Bowling.
Princess, New Road, Dagenham, 1936
VUE Leisure Park Cook Road 9 screens / 2,340 seats
Many thanks to Mervyn Gould who compiled this list and kindly posted it to me.
Sadly Mervyn passed away at his home in Loughborough on October 29 2009 at the age of 62. But his legacy lives on in his fabulous website.
For those interested in the cinema please contact 'The Cinema Society' web site ------- http://merciacinema.org/ Or further information please contact the Administrator c/o Mervyn.Gould@virgin.net
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