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The Winter Gardens Cinema opened as a live theatre, the Colisseum, in 1922. The Colisseum Theatre was short-lived and its name was changed to Winter Gardens and operated as a cinema. It had a stage 40 ft deep and had 6 dressing rooms. The proscenium was 30ft wide. It had a restaurant in the circle foyer and a billiard hall under the stalls.
During the 1960’s in the summer months, the cinema showed mostly roadshow films and was full to capacity especially during the rainy days of summer when the holidaymakers and day trippers wanted to get out of the rain. “The Sound of Music” ran for two consectutive summers 1966 and 1967.
The cinema closed in 1988, the billiard hall was a nightclub. The building was found to be unsafe and was completely demolished in 1991.
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