Royalty Cinema

Mayor's Avenue,
Dartmouth, TQ6 9NF

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Royalty Cinema

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Little is known of its early history, although a cinema on the same site is listed in Kelly’s Directory of Devon in 1923. This cinema was referenced as the Cinedrome Electric Theatre. It had 600 seats, and occasional variety was performed on the 20 feet deep stage.

It retained the Cinedrome name until at least 1944. By 1947 it was known as the Maxime Cinema. By 1966 it was known as The Cinema. By 1980 it had been re-named Royalty Cinema, when it was operated by Scott Cinemas chain.

The Royalty Cinema closed in August 1986. It was demolished to make way for the Dartmouth Clinic that still stands on the site in 2009.

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dsdumpling
dsdumpling on March 25, 2018 at 12:38 am

The Cinedrome Electric Theatre, was located on the site of the current Dartmouth Clinic at Zion Place, Mayor’s Avenue, and is first listed in Kelly’s Directory of Devon in 1923; by 1939 it was listed simply as the Cinedrome. It had 600 seats, and occasional variety was performed on the 20 feet deep stage.

It retained the Cinedrome name until at least 1944. By 1947 the name had been changed to The Maxime and the cinema is listed in the Kinematograph Year Book (1949-1959) as being operated by Cornell Cinemas (Port Talbot) Ltd.

The White brothers took over the lease on the Dartmouth cinema in the mid-1960s. They removed the Maxime name from the Dartmouth cinema and traded it simply as The Cinema (as listed in the 1968 Kine & TV Year Book).

They later sold what remained of the lease for the Dartmouth Cinema on to Mr C.C.W. ‘Charles’ Scott, of Scott Cinemas, in the early 1970s.

After being closed for refurbishment, The Cinema reopened in April 1973 as the Royalty Cinema and continued to be run by Scott Cinemas until it closed in August of 1986.

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