Purple Picture House

Arnside Street,
London, SE17

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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 Westmoreland Picture Playhouse was operating around 1912 with 1,093 seats. Soon taken over by new owners, it was re-named Purple Picture Hall, and 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 final film 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, but the Purple Picture House never did. 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.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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