Gala Royal Cinema

51-53 Edgware Road,
London, W2 2HZ

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Gala Royal Cinema

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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).

Contributed by KenRoe

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spencerphobbs on September 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

An interesting but unfortunately quite often inaccurate website with many of the listings containing wrong dates and facts that could be avoided with a bit of very basic research or fact finding (although nearly all the listings have been directly lifted from other and often unreliable sources it seems). Here it is stated that the Gala Royal opened as the “News Reel Theatre” which is simply incorrect (it was never a news theatre). I happy to provide more accurate details to anyone with an interest in this building, rather than post them on this site.

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