Hollywood Plaza Cinema
159 North Marine Road,
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Opened in 1918 the North Bay Cinema was an elegant Edwardian hall with a single balcony. It thrived with silent films but being outside the town centre struggled out of season and closed – probably before being converted to sound.
It then was stripped out and became a garage until the 1980’s when Arthur Turner, seeking a home for the Wurlitzer organ that he had bought (when it was removed from the Ipswich ABC Cinema) reconverted the old cinema back for film usage.
Now it has a single steep bank of seats and is known as the Hollywood Plaza. Unfortunately all the plasterwork was lost long ago so the resulting auditorium is a little plain but is still a fine place to watch a film.
Sadly the organ is little used now but still in situ with its ‘ghost’ piano.
By 2013, it had two screen, each seating 275.
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