Mowlem Theatre

Shore Road,
Swanage, BH19 1DD

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Built and opened in 1967, the Mowlem Theatre has seating provided in stalls and circle levels. It has a sea-front location and also has two licenced bars, a restaurant and meeting room attached.

Operated by the local council, it operated as a live theatre from opening, but cinema use was also introduced from the early 1990’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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primolux
primolux on April 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

Films were being presented at the Mowlem before the 1990’s.There was I think a partnership between the projectionist whose name escapes me and ‘Rusty’ Irons who operated the nearby Rex Cinema in Wareham.They owned the machines which were Kalee 12’s with Kalee ‘Universal’ arc lamps, later replaced with Kalee 19’s and ‘President’ arcs. This was certainly all happening in the 1980’s when I worked as a projectionist at the Rex and accompanied ‘Rusty’ to the Mowlem in order to change a sticking arc motor.

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