20th Century Cinema

Mama Ngina Street,
Nairobi

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20th Century Cinema

The 20th Century Cinema on Government Road (now re-named Mama Ngina Street) was built and opened around 1960. At the time it was the most luxurious cinema in the city.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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sunsanvil
sunsanvil on September 20, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Very fond memories of this theater from when I was a youth in the early 80s. More than once a James Bond film festival would run, usually coinciding with the latest Roger Moore installment. What a privilege to say I’ve seen every one of them, from Dr. No to A View to a Kill, on such a luxurious large screen!

As I recall the balcony alone was so large that by the end of the decade they had converted it into two small screens, while the main floor was repurposed into shopping/commercial space.

If anyone could share some facts from that era I would be very much obliged. How large was the screen? How many did it seat (stalls+balcony)? Does anyone else have more photos they could add?

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