Victoria Station Cartoon Cinema

Buckingham Palace Road,
London, SW1 W0

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Billy
Billy on November 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

Apparently this was the last cartoon cinema left in the UK when it closed with ‘The Hound that Thought He was a Raccoon’ on August 27th, 1981. I’d been told by my father about them but I never knew how long they lasted.

sherlock
sherlock on July 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

hi.there this is ray aguilar,i was there on the closing night,even lent the chief dave oddy a reel of old nitrate newsreel to show,happy memories,anyone remember th waterloo station news theatre.ray

RobertR
RobertR on October 31, 2010 at 10:58 am

Its amazing this could operate with a film policy as it did until 1981.

Chriff
Chriff on September 25, 2008 at 7:05 am

This was my first post as a trainee cinema manager with Classic Cinemas in 1973. A Mrs Evans, then in her 70s was the manageress and the doorman, Walter, was in his 80s. The programme – cartoons, Movietone News, serial – ran round-the-clock from 11.00 am for about an hour with adverts. Tickets were bought at a street level kiosk on the walk through from Buckingham Palace Road into the station, which usually clocked up more in sweet and tobacco sales. There were regular complaints from women on their own about the attentions of other patrons – but mostly well after the event!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 1, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Victoria Station was the name of a chain of bad restaurants in LA about twenty years ago. Now I get the connection.

stevecoldrick
stevecoldrick on January 15, 2007 at 5:51 am

It wasn’t a dream!
I have been reminiscing about my late father and some of the places
he used to take me as a kid. I was sure i once went to a cinema on Victoria Station and watched some Tom & Jerry cartoons.
Then again it was some 30 odd years ago and i wasn’t sure whether i had imagined the whole thing. So sad its not there anymore as i would have loved to repeat the experience with my kids. Still, many thanks for confirming the memory, I’ll now continue my 37 yr old daydream!

exciterlamp
exciterlamp on May 25, 2006 at 5:49 am

I visited this cinema on its last day, as I knew the projectionist Ray Aguillar. It was a very sad occasionand some of the staff were near to tears.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 19, 2005 at 8:25 pm

Some other newsreel and short subject cinemas located in train stations:

Grand Central Theatre, New York
South Station Theatre, Boston
Newsreel Theatre, Cincinnati

RHScottSpencer
RHScottSpencer on February 10, 2005 at 8:02 am

I worked in the cinema and one owned by the same company in Oxford Street London on and off as a relief projectionist. It was some where warm to sit while waiting for a train. Most people that use it had children with them so the 2 hour programme of newsreels, cartoon shorts and serials worked well. In the end like the one in Oxford Street it was worth more closed than open.
R H Scott-Spencer.