Dalston Picture Playhouse

66 Kingsland High Street,
London, E8 2JP

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Woody_London on January 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Photo added showing the building around 1960 when it was Lyons Clothing Shop, and the auditorium had been split horizontally and windows and doors added onto Ridley Rd, at the right of the photo is a glimpse of the tiled frontage

Woody_London on November 26, 2016 at 9:00 am

This was the Dalston Picture Playhouse of 1914, initial plans had an entrance on Ridley Rd but final plans had a full entrance onto the High Street, it seated 485 people with stalls and circle, it was a long tall and narrow building (purpose built) with a barrel vaulted ceiling, it stood on roughly the footprint of the current Poundland store which is a new building from when the whole area was redeveloped into the Kingsland Shopping Centre. It didn’t seem to have much success and its licence lapsed in 1916, and by 1920 when a Mr Odell applied to reopen it he found the cost of repairs too heavy and it never operated as a cinema again. Its architect was Ernest Cannell.