Essoldo Belmont Circle

22 Belmont Circle,
Kenton, HA3 8RF

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130elgin on March 3, 2016 at 11:48 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

typodave on October 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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!

nickdrew on October 30, 2010 at 11:19 pm

do any photos of this cinema exist?

nickdrew on January 4, 2007 at 8:59 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.