Astoria Cinema

Old Christchurch Road,
Boscombe,
Bournemouth, BH5

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Remains of the Astoria

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The Astoria Cinema opened in 1932 and was operated by Frank Okin Cinemas Ltd. It was equipped with a Compton 3Manual/5Rank theatre organ, which was opened by V. Johnson Lewis. It closed as a cinema in 1964 and was converted into a Mecca Bingo Club.

Hidden away in Pokesdown, a suburb of Bournemouth, this large but rather plain cinema specialised in second run and horror movies. It had a long entrance/foyer leading to the auditorium. I saw all the famous Hammer horror movies including “Dracula” and “The Curse of Frankenstein” at this cinema as one of only six patrons one evening when I was 15. Pretty scary back in 1963. Sadly, I saw this theatre being demolished many years later.

Contributed by Deric Botham

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 18, 2006 at 10:53 am

The opening of the Astoria Super Cinema was 24th October 1932 with Wallace Beery in “Hell Divers” and Laurel & Hardy in “One Good Turn”.

In its last years of operation it was operated by the Harry Mears group of cinemas. The Astoria Cinema closed on 23rd May 1964 with Robert Taylor in “Valley of the Kings” and Richard Attenborough in “Privates Progress”.

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