Queen's Hall Cinema

284 Green Lanes,
London, N13 5TU

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Located in the north London district of Palmers Green. The Queen’s Hall Electric Theatre was opened on 30th November 1912. It was designed in a Tudor Revival style, with a half-beamed facade. Inside the auditorium, seating was provided for 650 on a single level. There was a safety curtain which was painted with a picture of ‘Ye Olde Thatched Cottage’.

In 1923, the cinema had a new owner; Moss Harris, and in 1927 the the building was reconstructed and a balcony was added, giving an increased seating capacity for 1,100. The facade was now in a plain white stone finish, with numerous windows on three levels, allowing light into the circle foyer, offices and projection room.

In 1967, Moss Harris sold the Queen’s Hall Cinema to the Star Cinemas chain based in Leeds. A week after the sale, he collapsed and died. Star Cinemas only ran the Queen’s Hall Cinema for a short time as they closed it on 30th September 1967 with Kirk Douglas in "The Way West" and Robert Hutton in "The Sicillians".

It was converted into a bingo club, but this did not last long. The building was demolished in February 1971, and a supermarket was built on the site, later occupied by Marks & Spencer’s Simply Food supermarket and by 2012 a little Waitrose.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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iankingdon1980
iankingdon1980 on January 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

My grandad james carter started as a rewind boy at the queens then made it upto chief when he was 19 as mossy harris sacked the chief at the time for losing his temper at a reel which fell off a projector..mossy harris had a Right hand man called arthur radcliffe who used to do my all the hiring and firing my grandad told me there used to be a gaslamp by the back door by the stalls which used to flicker all the titme then when it converted to electric it would still flicker but nobody knew why ..my grandad rekoned it was the cleaner who died while working there..also mossy harris also had the palace bridport for a short time before he died…ken are you jacro son?

akennedy
akennedy on September 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

I just found out today that my Grandfather designed this building. Pity it’s no longer there. I’d love to see it.

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