Gala Royal Cinema
51-53 Edgware Road,
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Opened in around 1938/39 as the News Reel Theatre, this had a small circle located at street level and stairs led down to the stalls area below street level. By 1940 it had been re-named the Royal Cinema screening feature films.
Gala Film Distibuters took over the running of the cinema by the early-1960’s and it began screening Continental/Art House films known as the Gala Royal Cinema. Towards the end of its life it went over to playing more saucy sex romps and it closed on 16th November 1979 with “When Girls Go To Bed” and “Ups and Downs of Girls on Holiday”.
The building began screening Arabic films to cater for the growing local ethnic population but closed finally in 1981. It became an Arabic centre and a restaurant (currently known as the Hilal House Restaurant).
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