Dominion Cinema

Buxton Road,
London, E17 7EJ

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Dominion Cinema

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Located in the northeast London district of Walthamstow. On this site was an earlier cinema – Prince’s Pavilion which opened in 1909 and was rebuilt to seat 1,000 in 1912, it closed 24th May 1930 and was demolished (one wall survives today, located at the rear of the Dominion Cinema, with faded paint still showing from the former interior of the Prince’s Pavilion).

The Dominion Cinema was opened on 22nd December 1930 with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in “Little Accident”. It was designed by Frank Ernest Bromige while he was working for the Clifford Aish practice. The Dominion Cinema was Bromige’s first solo work as an architect and his final project under Aish.

Seating was provided in a stadium plan with a raised section at the rear which didn’t overhang the rear stalls area. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3Manual/10Ranks organ, which was opened by organist Rex O'Grady.

It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas (ABC) in April 1931 and they operated it until 15th March 1958 when it closed for film use. It became a venue for wrestling for a few months and then re-opened as a cinema again on 6th October 1958 screening Danny Kaye in “Merry Andrew”. It finally closed as a cinema on 4th March 1961 screening Claude Dauphin in “The Full Treatment” and Peter Reynolds in “The Breaking Point”.

It was converted into a Mecca Bingo Club, latterly operated by Jasmine which was closed in August 1996.

Plans were going ahead to convert it into a nightclub, but these fell through and the building remains boarded up and unused in 2013.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 8, 2005 at 10:01 pm

There are 5 photographs of the derelict state of the Dominion Cinema, taken November 2003 and November 2004 at the top of this page:
http://www.derelictlondon.com/cinemas.htm

woody
woody on August 20, 2006 at 11:07 pm

a 2006 view here, the building really looks like its been stripped down to the bare brick
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/63348943/

Ian
Ian on August 19, 2007 at 5:01 am

Three photos from 1989 here when it was operating as a bingo hall:–

Exterior:
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Auditorium:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

This is a more recent photo from Google. Unfortunately the head-on view was blocked by a huge truck.
http://tinyurl.com/chpqe8

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 21, 2010 at 6:28 am

A set of vintage exterior and interior photographs of the former Dominion Cinema:
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woody
woody on March 25, 2010 at 1:37 am

28 days later urban explorers photos – very depressing viewing
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

A vintage photograph of the Dominion Cinema, and its Wurlitzer organ console:
http://www.ukwurlitzer.co.cc/2140.html

surf_digby
surf_digby on May 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

The pictures on 28DL no longer show up, but there’s an upsetting/angering recent picture here.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/slaterspeed/4525037253/in/photolist-7TRZVF-6AFra-2Mv1NS-7TVeuA-mZym9p-mZwuZ5-7TVeCQ-6nCgrk-8PzYhv-7TVeQL-8PzZE2-7TVefq-5daXvp-cmedCY

Why bother ripping stuff out if you’re not going to use the building? At least let it sit in its original, unspoiled state until you’ve decided what to do with it, or sell it on and let the new owners decide.

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