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Built for independent operators Cohen & Rafer, the Majestic Cinema opened on 22nd August 1936 with Jack Buchanan & Fay Wray in "When Knights Were Bold". The facade has large, decorative arched windows which let light into the circle lounge. Seating was provided for 1,100 in the stalls and 500 in the circle.
It was taken over by the Oscar Deutsch Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain in 1943 and was re-named Odeon on 7th July 1945. It was converted into a triple screen cinema from 24th December 1972 with 457 seats in the former circle and two screens in the former rear stalls area seating 102 & 106.
Taken over by the independent Brent Walker chain from 26th October 1975 it was re-named Focus Cinema, and that was again taken over by an independent operator from 31st October 1982 and it was re-named Ace Cinema.
The local council took control in June 1985 and it was re-named Stag Theatre, using the upstairs screen first as a cinema, then mainly for live show use. In 2004 it was re-named Playhouse Theatre, with the two screens in the former rear stalls screening films.
The Playhouse was closed on 7th July 2006, but was re-opened two months later under new management. It was taken over by Kino Holdings who operate the nearby Kino Cinema, Hawkhurst. In February 2007, they were granted a 25-year lease to operate the building and the name reverted back to Stag Theatre, with the cinemas known as Kino. Due to financial problems, it was closed in July 2008. It was re-opened in 2009.
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