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Built in 1934, the Carlton Cinema was originally a single-screened luxury cinema complete with balcony and bar. Although the cinema sustained incredible damage during World War II, it was renovated and re-opened.
In 1982, it was given a complete overhaul and turned into a three-screen cinema, the upper circle having been seperated and transformed into two smaller screens.
Today, in 2005, it has been through many names and companies – Carlton, Classic, Essoldo, Cannon, ABC, Reeltime, Odeon and, most recently, Cineplex – but has constantly been on the brink of extinction. Currently under poor management and falling apart piece by piece, only public petitions keep the owner from selling the building to the council to be knocked down and replaced with student flats.
The Carlton Cinema building’s future didn’t look too good, as it was closed on 1st November 2007. It was demolished in December 2010.
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