Tatler Cinema Club

16 Albert Road,
Bournemouth, BH1 1BZ

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dericbotham on December 15, 2009 at 10:37 am

I remember seeing Lita Rosa (a popular singer in the 50’s) in this theatre. I also saw Jason & The Argonauts in its cinema years. Sadly, this lovely building in now painted a ghastly shade of pink and looks very forlorn. Situated in one of the UK’s premier holiday resorts you would think that saomeone might have the imagination to do something more than operate a rather seedy casino.

james2003 on March 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm

The opening programme at Bournemouth’s Tatler cinema club when opened on the 19 July 1971 was a double-bill featuring Hot Spur and The Tale Of The Dean’s Wife.

The projectors used at this cinema were a pair of Kalee-20’s, which were apparently bought from a cinema in Frome.

To become a member of the Tatler Cinema Club, you had to be eighteen or over and the price of a year’s membership back in 1971 was £1.00. The prices of admission were usually 50p but there was also a 25p concession price for guests and senior citizens.

The Tatler operated seven days a week usually open from 12:30pm to 10:30pm but opened later at 2:30pm on Sundays.

james2003 on February 15, 2009 at 4:28 pm

The former Theatre Royal building now looks set to become a Portugese church according to the local press.

Ian on February 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Two photos of the Theatre Royal / Curzon / Tatler in Bournemouth here:–

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kevinp on June 4, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Lost Memory, that one is in Scotland !

The Tatler’s that I recall( er hem researched ) were cheap 70’s take-overs that made a quick buck out of soft-porn exploitation, often in run-down…or soon to be running-down areas…eg Walthamstow (former Empire cinema 1913 ), The art-deco restored Rio in Hackney ( Dalston exactly ), The Classic,the first ever called that, in South Croydon
Hope that helps a bit ?



Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 4, 2007 at 3:54 pm

Lost Memory; That link is to a photograph of a former cinema in Glasgow, Scotland (last known as the Tatler Cinema Club).

There were many Tatler Cinema Clubs operating in the UK in the 1970’s and 1980’s. They were operated by Classic Cinemas and were usually re-branded former Classic Cinema’s which were not doing good business. In the right location, a sex cinema could make a lot of money. There are currently no other Tatler Cinema Clubs listed on Cinema Treasures under this name, but there are some cinemas that ‘turned around’ after being Tatler Cinema Clubs eg:

the Rio Cinema, Dalston, London, the Classic Cinema, Colindale, London, the Odeon Park Royal, London and the Classic Cinema, Stockwell, London are all listed with aka’s.