Tatler Cinema Club

1 Hoe Street,
London, E17 4SD

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Tatler Cinema Club

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Located in the east London district of Walthamstow, at Bell Corner at the northern end of Hoe Street. The Empire Cinema opened on 21st February 1913 with “Captain Scott, R.N., to the South Pole”. Seating in the auditorium was in stalls and a small circle. It was built for the Good Brothers, a local builders merchants, who originally operated the Queens and Arcadia Cinemas in Walthamstow and the Scala in Leyton. All these cinemas were taken over by Hamilton Cinemas Ltd. in May 1933, but were closed en-block two months later due to fierce competition.

The Empire Cinema was taken over by Amusements (Leyton) Ltd. and re-opened in December 1933 but by 1937 it was operated by Clavering & Rose. In March 1961 it was re-named Cameo Cinema. Closed as a regular cinema on 31st August 1963 with Nancy Kwan in “Tamahine”. It became a bingo club, and showed Bollywood Asian films on Sundays.

Clavering and Rose had been taken over by Classic Cinemas Ltd., and the cinema was re-opened as a Tatler Cinema Club on 12th April 1970, screening uncensored sex films to ‘members only’ (not ‘full-on’ porn, but usually Continental sex films which had been refused a British Board of Film Censors Certificate). The Tatler Film Club closed on 16th August 1981.

The building was converted into an amusement arcade, and then it became a snooker club, which still operates today.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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woody
woody on February 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm

press ad from march 1971 with salacious smutty double bills
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/5448307280/

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 16, 2012 at 8:25 am

There is some additional information about and pictures of this theatre here (scroll down about two-thirds of the way). This text claims that the theater opened as the Empress rather than the Empire, and that it functions now as a religious centre.

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