Jacey Trafalgar Square

4 Grand Buildings, Strand,
London, WC2

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The large 1890’s built Grand Hotel building located on the south east corner of the Strand and Trafalgar Square, central London, gained a small 300 seat Monseigneur News Theatre in 1936 when architect Cecil Masey was commisioned to convert a basement area of part of the building (entrance was through a former shop unit).

It was taken over by the Jacey circuit in 1960 and began screening 1 hour programmes of cartoons, re-named Jacey Cartoon Cinema from 1962. From 18th June 1970 it began screening ‘adult’ soft core feature films and was known as the Jacey Trafalgar Square, opening with “She Lost Her You Know What”.

It closed on 23rd July 1981 with “Seduction” and “French Love”, the last Jacey Cinema to operate in London’s West End district. The facade of the Grand Hotel building was retained during a rebuilding scheme that saw total internal demolition.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2009 at 5:20 am

The Monseigneur News Theatre, photographed from the south of Trafalgar Square in August 1955:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2784366558/

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