Essoldo Camberwell

28-32 Denmark Hill,
London, SE5 8RZ

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Essoldo Camberwell

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Opened in either late-1913/early-1914 as the Golden Domes Picture Theatre, it was a project of the Davis family and was located on Camberwell Road opposite Camberwell Green in the south London district of Camberwell.

The building originally had a very decorative exterior which was ‘crowned’ by two large domes on each side. Right through its early life and into the late 1930’s it operated on a policy of pictures and variety. The proscenium was 35feet wide.

The cinema was re-furbished and was re-named Rex Cinema from 13th January 1952. Now operated by Southan Morris, it was taken over by the Essoldo Cinemas chain on the 26th August 1954 and re-named Essoldo Cinema from 8th January 1956.

The Essoldo Cinema closed on 1st August 1964 with Richard Harrison in “Perseus Against the Monsters(Perseo I'invincible)” and George Montgomery in “Gun Duel in Durango”. The building had be purchased to be converted into a supermarket and unfortunately the ornate facade was removed. It was recently a Kwik Save Store, then a Somerfield Supermarket and by 2012 a Co-operative Supermarket.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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