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The cinema was equipped for 70mm.
It was demolished in 1994
Google Streetview shows building taking place on the site in May 2016 and by May 2018 the building is complete – shops and flats, I assume.
According to Google Streetview it was a Tesco Express in 2009 and still is in 2019.
in 2019 it had become a private house – see uploaded photo.
The map is wrong but the postcode is right.
The auditorium was demolished a couple of years ago and residential accommodation built. In 2018 the foyer is being converted into flats. I understood there was already a flat above the foyer, let on a long lease.
Somersetlive.co.uk gives the opening date as January 1921 as the Playhouse. In July 1946 the name changed to Maxime and films ceased in September 1989.
Google StreetView has been inside the Mayfair and the pictures are excellent. Go to [www.google.co.uk/maps] and search for “Mayfair Chadwell” then drag the orange man to the street or the blue circles on the building.
This is as the Vogue so it is likely to be in the 1970s. The neon-lit tower has already gone.
[ely.ccan.co.uk/content/tag/the-rex-cinema-ely] A page from the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network on the Rex Ely.
A pdf with several pages of information about the building can be downloaded at:
Details and a picture in the Kimberely Heritage Trail booklet at http://kimberleynow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/KHT-Full-Booklet-Low-Res.pdf
There are some excellent pictures of the abandoned cinema on the www.oblivionstate.com website at tinyurl.com/oxzx6qv dated September 2015.
It was still standing in July 2011 but had been demolished by May 2015. Homes could be built on the site
This may be the Majestic and NOT the Regal. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/oldcinemaphotos/3476588442/in/photostream/
This may be the Majestic and NOT the Regal
High Street was renumbered at some time so the street number for the cinema given in some sources is not relevant to the street numbers today.
The bingo closed in 2013 and the building is now vacant.
When I visited this building in September 2006 the owner showed me inside but would not let me take interior photos, citing “security”. He tried to kid me that the ventilation grilled were some sort of early stereo sound system. [in 1914?] As surf_digby says, the building looked in good condition.
When I took the attached photo in February 2005 it was cordoned off and preparatory work prior to demolition looked to have started. I imagine it was demolished later that year. The former swimming baths on the left was converted into an ASDA supermarket and the cinema site is the store’s car park.
I visited this theatre in the 70s with the then manager of the Regal Leamington Spa to see a demonstration film of the Dolby sound system [mono in those days]. I think it was called “The Quiet Revolution”.
I visited the box in the 60s. I remember the chief was a very nice lady called, I think, Florence Barton. The throw was very long and (again if my memory is correct) the backing lenses for ‘scope were 9". As a previous correspondent has said, the proscenium was so narrow they had to halve the height for scope. The chief said it was such a popular cinema that you could run a roll of tickets through the projector and still take money.
I visited the box once. The only thing I can remember is that to get the masking from WideScreen to CinemaScope, you had to go out to 70mm first then come back in! I saw mamy 70mm films there when I lived in the area, along with the Regal Leamington.