Classic Hammersmith

139 King Street,
London, W6 9JG

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Classic Hammersmith

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Located in the west London inner city district of Hammersmith. The Electric Palace Theatre opened on 15th June 1910. It had an attractive facade, with a central paybox at the pavement entrance, and the name ‘Electric Palace’ in the stonework on top of the facade. From 25th February 1918, it was re-named Academy Picture Theatre and was operated by the Biocolour Theatres Ltd. chain.

In 1946 it was taken over by the Classic Repertory Cinemas circuit and re-named Classic Cinema. The Classic Cinema was closed on 28th November 1959 with Joel McCrea in "The Tall Stranger" and Ronald Shiner in "Worm’s Eye View". It was demolished and and office and retail building named Appleton House was built on the site. In 2008, the shop units are a Ladbrokes Bookmakers and a Noodles Magic Restaurant.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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spencerphobbs on September 21, 2014 at 6:53 am

Just the usual correction to the listing here, but the cinema was not taken over by Classic repertory circuit in 1946, as claimed here, which I point out as this website gets used as a point of reference, though is most unfortunately and routinely full of mistakes, errors, wrong dates and, in many cases, completely fabricated information. A more detailed listing may perhaps of stated when the building was rebuilt, and given the name of the very prominent architect that provided the plans.

execelsior on March 16, 2015 at 7:08 am

As one who cites this website often, I would be grateful if Mr. Phobbs might correct the errors that he speaks of and post them in the comment section of the offending cinema. We would all be very grateful to him for doing this, at least in part. Perhaps it would inspire others to continue the work. Sadly, I am in no position to help with such a project.

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