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 Royal Cinema, this had a small circle located at street level and stairs led down to the stalls area below street level.

Jacey Cinemas and Gala Film Distributers 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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jncohen on July 29, 2015 at 11:19 am

This cinema (amongst others) was owned by my family business Jacey Cinemas Ltd., together with Ken Rive of Gala Films that no longer exists. Anyone interested in learning more can find my webpage devoted to the ‘History of the Jacey Group’ that included Jacey Cinemas, this was created by my late Grandfather Joseph Cohen (I am the last surviving Director) Please have a look at my website: –

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