Hollywood Cinema

Marine Parade,
Great Yarmouth, NR30 2DL

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Hollywood Cinema

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This imposing building was errected in 1875 and at first was used as an aquarium and later in the main hall for summer shows, pantomimes and roller skating. It underwent a re-build by local architects Bottle & Olley in 1882 and re-opened in 1883.

This brought about use as a theatre and many famous artists appeared here; Lily Langtree, Helen Terry and Oscar Wilde. By 1914 it was screening films as part of the Variety programmes. In the 1920’s it had converted fully into a cinema and was still known as the Royal Aquarium with a seating capacity of 1,500.

A dining room at the rear of the building was converted into a live theatre known as the Little Theatre and this added to the amenities of the building. In January 1970 the Little Theatre was converted into the Little Cinema and a disco opened in another space – the building became known for a while as the 3 in 1.

In July 1982 the main hall was re-named Royalty Cinema and seating was now provided for 1,180 with the Little Cinema seating 264.

In recent years the building has been re-named again and is now known as the Hollywood Cinema, first with 4 screens which seat 500, 250, 200 and 200 and a fifth screen has now been added

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian
Ian on August 9, 2007 at 1:51 am

A couple of exterior photos here:–

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and a picture of the original ceiling long hidden away :–

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Ian
Ian on November 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Two shots of the Hollywood Cinema in 2003:–

REAR EXTERIOR FORMER LITTLE THEATRE SCREEN

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