Gaumont Cricklewood

3 Cricklewood Lane,
London, NW2 1ET

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Gaumont Cricklewood

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The Queen’s Hall Cinema was opened just prior to Christmas, in December 1920. It was built for and operated by the independent Catwood Cinemas Ltd. The entrance was set within a low colonnade, with shop units on each side. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels.

It was taken over by Denman/Gaumont British Theatres from March 1928, and the cinema was refurbished, with the seating capacity reduced to 1,904. A Christie 2Manual/8Ranks organ was installed. The console was in a fixed position in the orchestra pit and it was opened by organist Leslie James.

It was re-named Gaumont in 1949, and continued with Cinemascope being fitted in 1955. The Gaumont was closed by the Rank Organisation on 18th January 1960 with John Wayne in "The Horse Soldiers" and "Lifeline".

The Cinema was demolished and a supermarket was built on the site, later a KwikSave, and in 2009 a Somerfield supermarket. The Christie organ was sold for private preservation.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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