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Still open as of February 2014 and seemingly no sign of closure.
Can anyone confirm if Disney’s ‘101 Dalmatians’ was shown here around VE Day in 1995? I have a childhood memory of going to an Odeon which was bombed during the war and a short film being played about the rebuilding, then 101 Dalmatians afterwards. The description of both this and the previous cinema on the site seems to match it, if so I was lucky enough to see this cinema before the dividing.
Notable until recently for its popular ‘Cheap Day Monday’ screenings, which at £3.95 (2011-12 price) were some of the cheapest in London. These ended in about October 2012, a similar (though slightly more expensive) ‘Super Tuesday’ scheme, mirroring Cineworld, runs as of November 2013.
Stunned to see this demolished despite only being twenty years old. It’s been a very controversial demolition in the Willesden area but apparently a ‘cultural centre’ will be built in its place.
After the ABC Hendon closed in early 1997, this became our usual cinema. Aged 8 I saw the Special Edition re-releases of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ here. As far as I remember it still kept its very 70s beige interior even then, and felt a bit like you were stepping back in time – especially when the films were as old as the cinema!
Many happy memories of this cinema – we moved nearby in 1995 and this became our local until closure. There was a little newsagent by it where everyone would buy food and drinks for much cheaper than in the auditorium!
Even at this time there was a ‘Saturday Kids Club’ where a magician or other entertainer would perform on the stage before the feature – something I’ve never seen since and must have seemed like from a bygone age even then! But to my seven year old eyes it was great, and I was disappointed when it closed.
I’m pretty sure this was my first ever cinema! I saw Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ there at the end of 1993 as a five year old. Not the most exciting or remembered of places (absolutely no photos of it on Flickr I can find, they’re all of its predecessor) but simply looking at the above reminds me of the excitement of seeing such a big screen for the first time.