ABC Upton Park

10 Carlton Terrace, Green Street,
London, E7 8HL

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 4, 2008 at 7:27 am

Here is a rare colour promotional photograph from the Hathern Station Brick & Terra Cotta Company Ltd. It is used by kind permission of Clive Greathurst.

It is the same as the b&w photograph that I posted above on April 30, 2006. I believe the colours are pretty well true to life, as the still existing exterior of the Carlton (ABC) Islington is similar. Both buildings share the same architect and same Hathernware terra cotta tiles manufacturer.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 3, 2008 at 4:23 pm

A set of photographs of the ABC Upton Park:
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A photograph of the former ACE, now in retail use:

AdoraKiaOra on May 3, 2007 at 7:51 am

im onmy knees!!!!! I missed reading that statement before blabbing on sorry!!!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 3, 2007 at 7:21 am

Ian;Thanks for trusting me! As I state in the opening text, ‘seating was provided for 2,117 in a stadium plan’. The 1,755 seating figure was at the end of its life.

AdoraKiaOra on May 3, 2007 at 6:37 am

I lived just up the road from here when i first moved to London in the early 80s. The first of a few movies i saw here was ‘Quest For Fire’. I remember the main entrance hallway was huge and went back for a great distance. I swear i remember entering the auditorium and being totaly overwhelmed by the shear size of it- cavourous id say. Very wide and deep with a stadium style circle area. One thing i remember well is how badly lit it was. On future visits i then noticed that the auditorium was in a very very bad state of disrepair. I think i saw about 6 or 7 movies there and on on about half of those i was the only person there. Ken i know you state the capacity above as 1755 but im very sure it was a great deal more. Ive worked in many theatres in the West End and around the country and have a good sense on seating capacity numbers- i was thinking more along the lines of 2000 plus! Of course im very trust worthy of your info Mr.Roe

exciterlamp on May 8, 2006 at 5:20 am

There is a misprint in the main article. The building was faced with Hathernware (not Harthenware), made by the Hathern Station Brick & Terra Cotta Company of Loughborough, who supplied similar tiling to dozens of cinemas up and down the country. The material was actually faience, or glazed terra cotta. In later years the company specialised in restoring terra cotta work on buildings as diverse as Harrods and Hampton Court Palace.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 30, 2006 at 6:58 am

A vintage 1928 photograph of the original facade of the Carlton Cinema:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 28, 2006 at 4:04 am

A current (April 2006) view of what remains of the 1953 re-built facade of the former Carlton Cinema/ABC/ACE: