Select Electric Theatre

411 Edgware Road,
London, W2

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Located on West side of Edgware Road, between Cuthbert Street and Crompton Street. The Royal Picture Theatre operated from around 1913 with seating for 400. The owner was H.B. Herman, who also operated the People’s Picture Parlour on Walworth Road, Southwark.

By 1937, it had been re-named Select Electric Theatre, and had 600 seats and a 25 feet wide proscenium in the auditorium. It had closed by 1940.

The building and all other surrounding buildings have been demolished, and a series of 1960’s built, council tower block flats are on the area.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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spencerphobbs
spencerphobbs on September 24, 2014 at 4:58 am

The Kinematograph Year Book listings, upon which most of the information on this site seems to be based (although unfortunately not in itself an entirely reliable source when used singly) would include information supplied by exhibitors that would often ‘enhance’ or over exaggerate seating capacities. I am not sure if this was the case with this cinema, but it certainly never seated, or even had a combined seating and standing capacity of 600 as stated. The initial capacity of 400 given above would have included permitted standing space.

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