Herga Cinema

113 High Street,
Wealdstone, HA3 5DT

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Herga Cinema

Located in Wealdstone, a district of Harrow, Middlesex to the north of Greater London. Built on the site of the Parisian Bijou/Cinema/Coronet Picture Theatre of 1910. The Herga Cinema opened in 1939 and was designed in a sleek Art Moderne style. It was an independently run cinema throughout it life. The proscenium opening was 46feet wide. It was equipped with a British Thomson-Houston(BTH) sound system.

It had a very short life (12 years) as a cinema and closed on 23rd June 1951 with Yvonne De Carlo in “The Desert Hawk” and Macdonald Carey in “Mystery Submarine”.

It was converted into a meeting hall. From January 1986 it became a snooker club and by the mid-1990’s was in use as a warehouse. Recently it has been converted into retail use and became a Victor Electronics Ltd. store.

It was demolished in early-2021.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian on December 19, 2006 at 8:15 am

A photo of the former Herga, after closure and conversion to a store, can be found here:–


Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 19, 2009 at 2:38 pm

A rare vintage view of the auditorium, as seen in 1949:
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thegoodlead on October 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

Regarding the opening date of this cinema. The 1913 OS 25 inch map shows a cinema on the same site, albeit a different shape footprint to the 1930s Herga. So the building currently on the site was clearly a rebuild of an earlier cinema.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm

thegoodlead: I have added a page for the Bijou/Cinema/Coronet Cinema which you refer to.

130elgin on November 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

I lived at Belmont as a boy.In the war people queuing to get in would grind coins into the soft red brick wall, leaving perfectly round craters.At interval time the exit doors were opened and usherettes would come round spraying some liquid with a Flit gun.As kids we said it was to kill the fleas.But we still liked going to the Herga.

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