Crystal Palace Picture House

Crystal Palace Parade,
London, SE20

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Located in the south London district of Crystal Palace/Upper Norwood. The Crystal Palace Cinematograph Theatre was operating from June 1910. It was one of the attractions within the famed Crystal Palace building, and the general admission charge to the Crystal Palace included admission to the Cinematograph Theatre.

In 1920, the Crystal Palace Cinema opened in another part of the building, which had previously been used as a variety theatre. A separate admission charge to the cinema was now in order. After renovations had been carried out, it re-opened on 28th September 1928 as the Crystal Palace Picture House.

The Crystal Palace Picture House was closed on 8th March 1930, for the installation of sound equipment. This never happened, and the cinema never re-opened.

The entire Crystal Palace complex was totally destroyed by a mammouth fire on 30th November 1936. The site of the Crystal Palace has never been built on, and in 2009, the vast concrete base remains in situ and is still part of the Crystal Palace Park.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2009 at 6:37 am

Here is a vintage British Paramount News report on the 1936 fire and some pre-fire views of the fabulous Crystal Palace:
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