Cerdic Cinema

49 - 51 Fore Street,
Chard, TA20 1QA

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The Cerdic Cinema opened on 14th June 1937 with Shirley Temple in “Dimples”. It was built for the independent circuit Wessex Kinema Company Ltd and was the second of three cinemas designed for the company by architect Edward G. de Wilde Holding. The first being the Devonia Cinema, Honiton, Devon and the third, which is still operating as a cinema, is the Wellesley Cinema, Wellington, Somerset. All three were almost identical.

Seating was provided for 470 in stalls and circle and a feature of the Cerdic (like its sister cinemas) was the stepped ceiling in the auditorium which had troughs that contained concealed lighting.

The Cerdic Cinema closed in 1962 and was put into use as a D.I.Y. store selling timber etc. In 2002 the D.I.Y. store had closed and the building was converted into a pub operated by the J.D. Weatherspoon chain. It still has the original ‘Cerdic’ name sign on the front facade of the building as the pub is named ‘The Cerdic’.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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