Castle Cinema

64 Brooksby's Walk,
London, E9 6DA

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Castle Cinema

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The Castle Electric Theatre opened on 8th September 1913 in Homerton, a district of Hackney in the east of London. Total seating was provided for 619 in stalls and a small balcony area.

It was an independently operated cinema for most of its life. From mid-1943 it was operated by S.M. Super Cinemas Ltd. which was headed by W. Southan Morris. In 1954 S.M. Super Cinemas were taken over by the Newcastle-upon-Tyne based Essoldo Cinemas circuit and the Castle Cinema came under their management.

This was not to last too long though, as Essoldo closed down the Castle Cinema on 24th May 1958 with Jerry Lewis in “The Sad Sack” and Fernando Lamas in “Lost Treasure of the Amazon” (Jivaro).

The building became a glass factory, which was still in operation in 1973. It was converted into an independent bingo club which closed around 1979. It was then used as a storage warehouse until 1983, when it became a snooker club. In March 1994 a second floor had been extended across from the front of the balcony and the former stalls was in use as an independent bingo club, with a snooker club operating in the newly extended balcony area upstairs.

In April 2006, the building underwent a renovation internally and externally and became as a snooker club on two levels known as Brookboss Snooker Club. In April 2014, the upstairs section was converted into an upscale bistro burger bar, while the downstairs is a Spa convenience store (mini-supermarket). In 2016, there are plans to convert part of the upstairs into a 60-80 seat cinema which could possibly open in July 2016.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Buffer on July 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

Since April, the upper floor has become the E17 a smart burger bar and bistro. The has low lighting, leather banquettes and retro fittings. Best of all the original curved ceiling is shown in the issue of Time Out for July 15-21, 2014 in the Eating and Drinking section.

RichieA70 on March 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm

A campaign to reopen The Castle cinema in June 2016 has just reached its initial fundraising target. The proposal is to open a 60-80 seat audotorium in approximately half of the upper floor, where the original 1913 plasterwork and decorative mouldings above the proscenium arch are visible. The other half will remain a restaurant working with the cinema, while the downstairs former stalls remains a Spar / Eat17 shop and bar. Details here:

Richardthecarpenter on April 17, 2016 at 7:39 am

My Mum was a usherette at this cinema , also you skipped from cinema in 1958 to bingo hall , I worked here in 1973 , it was a glass factory called Borzels , it specialised in putting transfers on glass then baking them in an oven , I was there in 1973, I also have a picture of myself down the alley

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