Century Cinema

237 High Road,
Loughton, IG10 1AD

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Century Cinema

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Located in Loughton, a district to the northeast of what today is part of Greater London. Designed by local architect Theodore Legg, the Loughton Cinema opened on 9th October 1928 with a seating capacity for 847, all on a single floor. The opening was attended by actress Evelyn Laye. The cinema had a resident ladies orchestra.

It was closed for redecoration and reseating on 23rd June 1934, and re-opened a month later with 700 seats. Closed in December 1952 for a modernisation, it re-opened on 22nd December 1952 as the Century Cinema. In April 1954 it was sold by its independent owner to the Granada Theatres Ltd chain, although they had been involved with the control of the cinema since August 1934.

The Century Cinema was closed on 25th May 1963 and it was soon demolished and shops were built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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