Bohemia Cinema

64 Ballards Lane,
London, N3 2BU

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The Alcazar Gardens was opened as a small Victorian pleasure gardens with a Winter Garden Hall. It was located on Ballards Lane between Princes Avenue and Redbourne Avenue in the centre of the north London district of Finchley. From February 1913, the hall was in use as the Alcazar Picture Palace, operated by Alcazar Picture Theatres Ltd.

Some reconstruction was carried out in April 1914, and it was re-named Bohemia Cinema. This was not to last too long as when World War I broke out later in 1914, the building became a manufacturing unit producing observation balloons. It was still listed as a cinema in 1915, but it probably never re-opened. A parade of shops and housing was built on the site in the 1920’s.

In 1920 a New Bohemia Cinema was built and opened on Church End.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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