Gaumont Romford

South Street,
Romford, RM1

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Gaumont Romford

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The Plaza Super Cinema opened on 20th January 1930 with Will Rogers in "They Had to See Paris" and Lola Lane in "The Girl From Havana". It was built for Victory Super Cinemas Ltd.

It had a narrow street frontage, with the auditorium built at the rear of other buildings on South Street. Seating was provided for 1,780 in the stalls and 427 in the circle. The Plaza Super Cinema was equipped with a Compton 2Manual/6Ranks theatre organ. There was a stage and four dressing rooms.

In around 1937, it was taken over by Eastern Cinemas (GCF) Ltd. and was re-named Plaza Cinema. In 1943, it was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd., but retained the Plaza name.

After the Rank Organisation took over in 1948, they re-named it Gaumont in 1950. The Gaumont was closed on 15th September 1962. It was demolished and the site is now part of the Liberty Shopping Centre.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Rogere
Rogere on January 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I loved the long foyer.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 21, 2010 at 4:07 am

A vintage photograph of the Gaumont in around 1955:
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