Coliseum Cinema

25-26 Manor Park Road,
London, NW10 4JJ

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Coliseum Cinema

Located in the west London inner city district of Harlesden. Opened in 1912 as the Picture Theatre, in 1915 it was re-named Picture Coliseum. It was operated throughout its cinema life as an Independent. Seating was provided in stalls and balcony levels.

It closed in December 1975 for regular films and went over to screening adult porn films. It then screened kung-fu movies and even hosted a concert by punk rock group The Clash in March 1977. It was closed in the mid-1980’s and was boarded up.

It was renovated and converted into a pub operated by the J.D. Weatherspoon chain, opening in March 1993. Known as ‘The Coliseum’ it retains many features of its cinematic past and is well worth going along to for a beer or two and look at the cinema memorabilia on display. There is a huge painted mural of Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon in “The Cowboy and the Lady” where the screen used to be. Recently J.D. Weatherspoon have relinquished the building and it is now operated as an independent bar renamed ‘The Misty Moon’. By 2017 it had been taken over by the Antic pub chain and re-named Harlesden Picture Palace

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 8, 2005 at 1:03 pm

A photograph of the Coliseum in its current use as a pub here:
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stephenwischhusen on November 24, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I remember that this was owned at one time by the Morganstern family who also owned the Picardy Harlesden and the Astoria Purley. This latter was sold to Shipman and King in the 1940’s. I knew Jack Morganstern – somewhat old fashioned with stiff collars to his shirts – quite the gentleman.

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