Ideal Cinema

148 Field End Road,
Eastcote, HA5 1RJ

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Located next to the Manor public house in Eastcote Village, south west of the district of Pinner, in the north-west of Greater London. The Ideal Cinema was built in 1927, opening first as a community hall known as Field End Hall on 10th December 1927. It opened as the Ideal Cinema on 3rd January 1929 with Richard Arlen in “Under the Tonto Rim” and “My Friend From India”.

The paybox was on the street endtrance, and there was no foyer, as doors led straight into the auditorium. Seating was on a single floor and it had a 25 feet wide proscenium. Independently operated throughout its life, the Ideal Cinema was closed on 30th May 1956 with Fred MacMurray in "The Far Horizons" and "Triple Blackmail".

It was converted into Keelers Ideal Motors, a car sales room and petrol station. This had been demolished by 1986, and the site re-developed as offices, in 2009 occupied by Redstone.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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