Electric Theatre

25-27 Commercial Road,
Bournemouth, BH2

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coombesmeister on February 27, 2014 at 6:45 am

always remember queing to see the Tales of Hoffman as a young lad thinking it was a sword fighting adventure, imagine the digust on dicovering it was a ballet film, left after a few minutes

primolux on April 11, 2012 at 6:21 am

At closure the projection equipment was an eclectic mixture of old and new. Two Westar projectors each operating on an ancient W.E.Universal base. Surprisingly they were one of the first cinemas to install BTH’s new at the time xenon lamp houses which initially gave endless trouble, particularly their reluctance to strike the lamp. Possibly they were over engineered since all the troubles were remedied when a BTH engineer attended and proceeded to cut and remove large quantities of wiring and components from both lamp houses. After a short trial he bidded adieu to the projection staff,with the words ‘Should be all right now’.

dericbotham on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 am

Thank you for this information. I used to visit this cinema as a child and saw Ben Hur there in 1959. It was a really lovely theatre but now sadly replaced by a very mediocre shopping centre.

HowardBHaas on December 4, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Thanks Ken for adding this cinema to this website today. Scroll down to page 16 for a vintage photo of the auditorium facing the stage. Curtain looks a bit Art Deco to me, so this might be a 1931 photo.