Essoldo Belmont Circle

22 Belmont Circle,
Kenton, HA3 8RF

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Essoldo Belmont Circle

Located at Belmont, near Kenton which is a distict of Harrow to the North of Greater London. This opened as the Belmont Cinema on 5th June 1939.

Around 1940 its name was changed to Plaza Cinema and in the mid-1940’s it was taken over by Lou Morris. In 1949 it was taken over by the Newcastle based Essoldo circuit, being re-named Essoldo Cinema in 1950. It closed on 21st January 1967 with Cary Grant in “That Touch of Mink” and Rock Hudson in “Come September”. It was converted into an Essoldo Bingo Club but this didn’t last too long and the building was sold for re-development. It was demolished and a Tesco and other shops now occupies the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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nickdrew on January 4, 2007 at 12:59 pm

The cinema was demolished in the summer of 1967 and the still standing Tesco store was built on the site, opening in April 1968. The garage is on the circle, next to the cinema site.

I remember seeing “Mary Poppins” at the Essoldo in 1965/66, when I was a child. Does anyone have a photo of the cinema, as I only have a very vague memory of what it looked like. Hard to believe it’s been gone for 40 years after a too brief 28 year existence.

nickdrew on October 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

do any photos of this cinema exist?

typodave on October 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

I remember the Essoldo Belmont as I lived nearby as a child. When it closed, me and some friends got inside and found some boxes of paper straws left behind. We used these at home for many months for our drinks!

130elgin on March 3, 2016 at 3:48 am

I lived at Belmont 1934 to 1950, my mum was a cleaner at the Plaza /Essoldo.In the war the kiosk closed and I was given bars of chocolate (sweets were rationed) which turned out to be made of cardboard for display only.I was shocked to see the stage curtains that looked so nice lit up by coloured lights during intervals. Under ordinary light they were filthy dirty from the smoking and condense. We used to play around the cinema, at the rear was huge piles of coke, you could hear the soundtrack quite loud.Dumped over a wall into a field were hundreds of carbon rod stubs from the projectors,millions of fag ends and ice cream cartons. My friend worked in the South Harrow and explained how the projectors worked, the over dot etc. John Elgin

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