ABC Baker Street
Approach Road Baker Street Station,
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The Topical News Theatre was the only newsreel theatre to be built inside a tube (underground) railway station (there were newsreel theatres in Victoria and Waterloo mainline railway stations). This one opened on 7th December 1938 and was part of the Monseigneur circuit but unlike others, never took that name. It was re-named Time News Theatre in 1942 and remained until the Jacey chain took over Monseigneur News Theatres in June 1960. It became the Times Cinema screening feature films from April 1967, closed briefly for redecoration to re-open as Jaceyland in October 1967 and was taken over by film distributer Anthony Balch in October 1968, renamed (again) Times Cinema screening the double bill “Witchcraft Through the Ages” and “Un Chein Andalou”.
In 1972 Cinecenta took control and they twinned the cinema, re-opening it in March 1973 as two long narrow cinemas seating 171 and 169 known as Times Centa 1-2. Operating as a mixed art house and general release house for their tenure, it was taken over by Star Cinemas, then Cannon Cinemas, MGM and lastly by ABC. It closed 14th January 1999 with “Star Trek: Insurrection” and “Prince of Egypt”. The space has been converted into a tourist souvenir shop.
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