Bloomsbury Super Cinema

114-118 Theobalds Road,
London, WC1X

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Located on the corner of Theobalds Road and New North Street, the Victory Cinema opened on 3rd September 1921 with Charlie Chaplin in “The Kid”. The cinema was originally planned eight years previously by architect Ernest Mann, but was delayed due to World War I. Seating was provided for 894 in the stalls and 452 in the circle and the cinema had a 40 feet wide proscenium. It was re-named Bloomsbury Cinema in the mid-1920’s. Taken over by London & Southern Cinemas chain in November 1929, it was re-named Bloomsbury Super Cinema.

In July 1937, London & Southern Cinemas were taken over by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. The Bloomsbury Super Cinema was closed on 9th November 1940 due to severe wartime conditions. It closed with Claudette Colbert in “Zaza” and Tamara Desin in “His Brother’s Keeper”. It was never to re-open, as it was severely damaged by German bombs in early 1941. The remains were later demolished, and in the early 1960’s, an office block was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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