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The Maxime Cinema opened in around 1939 with 1,400 seats. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium, later widened to 45 feet for Cinemascope. Still listed as open in 1966, operating as an independent cinema.
By 1976, it was operated by the Jackson Withers circuit and was running films and bingo. The Rank Organisation purchased the Jackson Withers circuit in late-1976. By 1980 the balcony had been twinned, with the two screens seating 194 and 170 and Rank also operating a Top Rank Bingo Club in the former stalls area. The cinemas were closed on 25th October 1988, with bingo continuing downstairs. In 2009, it is operated as a Mecca Bingo Club.
This was the most ramshackle of Blackwood’s cinemas that locals always referred to as the fleapit.
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