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I’ve seen more films at this cinema than anywhere else, due to being located a quick bus ride away from me. One of the first was ‘The Santa Clause’ in December 1995 (age 7!) and the last to date was ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ in February 2009. The picture I’ve uploaded above dates from February 2008.
In the last few years I’ve gone to cinemas in Wood Green instead, as they’re cheaper and offer a wider choice of films.
This has been my local and preferred cinema since 2010, the first film I saw here was ‘The Social Network’. It’s probably one the cheapest cinemas in London – on Mondays all films are a very reasonable £3.95 as of writing, day or night. Definitely one of my favourite cinemas in London.
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.