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Happy 101st Birthday Esquire.
Seems this theatre is to re-open in the near future according to London’s Evening Standard newspaper. I hope it is true.
How True Mike! I also worked at the Carlton Cinema, in the Haymarket, London where my dressing room was back-stage it seemed miles from our office over the foyer to get changed like you every night by 6:00pm
Wonderful memories of this and the Clifton down the road from my childhood. I think there was a “chippy” within the block of the Beacon so a bag of chips after Kids club was a special treat.
Wonderful, magical memories flooding back to me from my childhood going here o Saturday kids club and parents taking me to see main features here.
My uncle Walter Bates took me to see several of the “striptease” shows as as teenager an my parents too me to several pantomimes in the 1950’s also a friend of mine worked in the box-office for many years.Wonderful memories!
Went to see Great Race here. loved the cinema
An aunt and uncle lived just slightly up the hill from here Los Angeles Theatre back of 44 Alum Rock Road. If I really behaved myself I was taken to the Rock as a special treat.
I think South Pacific ran for well over 3 years I saw it there in 1958.
I remember still with awe at the opening of the film “This is Cinerama” as the tabs went back from Academy ratio to full Cinerama size screen and the start of the roller-coaster ride also the flight over America closing the film. I have loved Cinerama ever since
I spent many a happy hour or more here as a child and teenager in the 1950s/60s.
I used to go regularly in the id 1950s as a child, Wonderful memories of a great theatre.
I was assistant manager here from 1972 till 1972 with Tony Portch as manager. I fell in love with the place the first time I walked in for my interview with Tony.
I spent many happy hours here and at the other local cinema The Beacon, as I lived in Stamford Avenue which is nicely in-between these wonderful places, Kids club at both and strongest memory seeing The Dam Busters and my aunt Ida cheering as the dams burst.
I used to visit the Jacey as a kid 1954 to 1959 ish on a Saturday morning pending my pocket money there wonderful memories.
Memories, Memories. I did a long, long summer season here with Tommy Steele, Billy Dainty and Mary Hopkins. It was the happiest summer season I ever worked!
I can remember going to see Herman’s Hermits in a film here sitting in the per circle, I was scared to death! wit afeaofgover thero
I have several posters from this theatre for stage shows in the mid 1970’s some say Gaumont others Odeon.
My greatest friend Richard Isaac was deputy general Manager here for many years during the 1970’s then moved over to the new Odeon till he died in 2002
Looks very rural
Naughty me as a youngster aged 10 I can remember sneaking in to see Arthur Askey in The Ghost train and my mum taking me to see 3 Coins in a Fountain.
I started work at John Temple menswear shop the day the started to demolish the theatre. I cried as I watched.
Not only the “Commissionaire” patrolled the cineman when I worked there even the manageress used to do a walk-round and was known to pass comments to those patrons being naughty.
Simon I so agree with you CURTAINS are a must!!!
Ken Roe, What memories you stirred in me, I can remember seeing all the Cinerama films you mentioned. Do you by any chance have any photos or info on the travelling Cinerama theatre that toured the UK in the mid 1960’s?