Purple Picture House
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Located in a short side-street off Camberwell Road where it joins Walworth Road in the Walworth/Camberwell Gate area. The Purple Picture Hall was opened by Abraham Simons in July 1913. It was described as being a very ornate building. In 1930, RCA Sound equipment was installed.
The Purple Picture House was closed in 1939, possibly in September when World War II began. The film showing was Robertson Hare in “So This Is London”. Initially all cinemas and theatres were closed, but after a couple of weeks or so were allowed to re-open, and the Purple Picture House did re-open, but only for a short time. The building was damaged by German bombs and its elaborate facade stood for several years after 1945, when the war ended. It was subsequently demolished.
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