Stoll Theatre

22 Kingsway,
London, WC2 6NR

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execelsior
execelsior on March 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I was lucky enough to see a number of productions at the Stoll as a child, including Oklahoma!, the Festival Ballet, Antonio and his Troupe amongst others. The auditorium was spectacular. In reply to Paul Lewis, London may not have possessed any cinemas to compare to the New York Roxy or Capitol, but the Granada (Gala) Tooting and State Kilburn would give them ‘a run for their money’ in their hey days – in fact, they are none-too-shabby now.

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paullewis
paullewis on February 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

The Stoll was London’s greatest theatre loss especially considering it was unique in being housed in such an outstanding building worthy of protection status even without the theatre inside! London never possessed any really great movie theatres on a par with say the N.Y. Roxy or Capitol but this was it’s finest live theatre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2009 at 3:39 am

The Stoll Theatre, photographed in August 1955 during the run of “Kismet”:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2783357767/

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 29, 2008 at 11:18 am

Ken- I recall that the tram tunnel portal, complete with tracks, was still in place when I looked for it circa-1990. Another classic London theatre which I “just missed” in 1959 was the second Gaiety Theatre near Charing Cross Station. Site of many a famous musical, I later learned that it was razed about 1957 after standing vacant for a long while. The Stoll really was a splendid gem of a building !

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 29, 2008 at 11:04 am

Ron, If ever you return, you will see the Kingsway tram tunnel is still there. It is now partly used as a road tunnel, partly used as offices for the Thames flood defence and the entrance at the top of Kingsway (beside Holborn) is still unused and has the cobble road and tram track still in place!

I have a book (somewhere in my attic) which has a nice interior photograph of the Stoll Theatre. It was indeed a splendid theatre, unfortunately gone before I came to live in London.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 29, 2008 at 10:53 am

The Stoll had a very long and elegant facade. I saw a photo once of the interior, taken from a balcony and looking toward the stage. Very nice ! When I sailed to England for the first time, as a youth in 1959, I went looking for the Stoll and was disappointed to learn that it had recently been demolished. Close to it was a tunnel portal for tram cars and I learned that the trams had also recently gone. So I “batted zero” that afternoon !

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 29, 2008 at 6:20 am

Thanks, Ken, for this great write-up, yet another wonderful asset of this website.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm

A vintage photograph of the Stoll Picture Theatre from the archives of English Heritage:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 28, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Two vintage postcard views of the Stoll Theatre, as the London Opera House:
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