ABC Forest Hill

11-21 London Road,
London, SE23 3TW

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Ian
Ian on January 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm

A few contemporary photos of the Capitol as a Wetherspoons pub here:–

EXTERIOR

FOYER

PROSCENIUM

DETAIL OF BALCONY

AUDITORIUM to REAR

traceyse26
traceyse26 on August 8, 2013 at 12:43 am

IT WAS A REALLY GOOD PLACE TO GO 1960’S/70’S SATURDAY MORNING PICTURES COSTING SIXPENCE LOADS OF CARTOONS/EPISODES TO SEE IE ZORRO, FLASH GORDON COMPETITIONS + MUSIC IE; DESMOND DECKER & ISraelites ICE CREAM LADIES + ORGAN PLAYING

Bean
Bean on December 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I really want to know where the organ went in the 1950s. Can anybody help?

Bean.

Bean
Bean on December 16, 2008 at 11:10 am

Hi rebeckle!

This sounds excellent. Could you please give me a quick call on 07092 173263 with any kind of contact details?

rebeckle
rebeckle on December 12, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Hi Bean.
JS Beard (the Architect) was my great grandfather. My grandfather (93 and still going strong) recently finished writing a family history so I might be able to help you out with some info.

Bean
Bean on September 9, 2008 at 9:51 am

I am researching the history of this place and would like any information available. If you feel you could help please reply to this message. T Bean.

Ian
Ian on February 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm

A collection of photos – mostly interiors – here:–

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 19, 2007 at 7:39 pm

On way to visit Horniman Museum, I spotted this ex-cinema and was astonished to see so many original decor features survive though used as a pub. Couldn’t tell if balcony (circle) is used, but could see it from main floor.

View of exterior, taken April 2007:
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View of Proscenium Arch of Auditorium, taken April 2007:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 31, 2005 at 12:15 am

The Capitol Cinema opened on 11th February 1929 with the movie “Man, Woman, Sin” starring John Gilbert which was supported by a stage show and organ interlude. The Capitol was re-named ABC in December 1968. After the ABC closed as a cinema on 13th October 1973 (with the double bill “Scarecrow”/“Class of ‘99”), it became a Mecca bingo club which closed December 1996.

It stood unused until the Weatherspoon’s chain of pubs purchased the building and refurbished it into one of their pubs, now called The Capitol. It retains most of the decor of the cinema, both externally and internally.

2526
2526 on March 28, 2004 at 4:57 pm

i am sorry the organ from the cinema is not at my church this is the wrong cinema.

DAVIDFREEMAN
DAVIDFREEMAN on November 3, 2003 at 1:38 am

I HAVE MANY PICTURES OF THIS CINEMA.
FRONT OF HOUSE,AND AUDITORIUM (AS BINGO)
AND THE REBULDING WORK RECENTLY TO CONVERT IT INTO A “WEATHERSPOONS” PUB.