Davis Theatre

73 High Street,
Croydon, CR0 1QE

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mackembob1950 on January 26, 2018 at 11:09 am

My father was chief of staff until the theatre closed, I remember seeing circuses and many pantomimes there for free of course. I was always so impressed either the huge shandileers in the main entrance and of course those wonderful brass twin stairs that went up to the circle Its criminal they destroyed such a wonderful building.

Brian on March 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm

My father belonged to the Bunny Club for children (he claims!). They sang along to “We’re all bunnies, why aren’t you, come and join us, don’t be blue”. It then continues “no need to be a dismal pup”. Does anyone know what comes next? Any more information on the club gratefully received. Brian

bedknobs on November 28, 2013 at 8:15 am

I was born in 1941 and went to school in Croydon and worked for eight years at Allers, moving away in 1963 to get married.You can tell your brother that I too was at the Davis that night for the midnight charity show and can remember some of the names on the bill Jimmy Wheeler,Arther English,Avril Angers Ted Ray and Joan Savage.There where lots more but i like your brother after 60 years the old memory begins to fade
Regards Peter

joygoddard on May 27, 2013 at 4:09 am

does anyone remember one of the last shows at this theatre called midnight mat. or all night show. My brother remembers goin but cant remember the people in it.Can anyone help.

rkb123 on March 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

It was a superb luxury cinema. I went on most Saturdays in the 1950’s and remember Mollie Forbes rising up on the Compton organ playing her signature tune, Elgars ‘Chanson de Matin’ Iwas also there on the final night – a very sad occasion – when organist/manager Reginald Heywood played. It was so shortsighted of Croydon Council not to take over the Davis Theatre or at least purchase the Compton organ

LorraineHorne53 on October 10, 2009 at 4:39 am

My aunt Grace Bates used to sing in a band during war time at the Davis Theatre in Croydon. Do you have any information on her?

Many thanks

Lorraine Horne

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

A vintage postcard from the 1950’s, showing the Davis Theatre: