Wonderland

100 Whitechapel Road,
London, E1 1JG

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Located in the east London inner city district of Whitechapel. Originally on the site was the Earle of Effingham saloon, built in 1834. It was converted from September 1861 into a 2,150 capacity theatre known as the Effingham Theatre until 1867, when it was rebuilt as the New East London Theatre. Later known as the East London Theatre then Jewish Theatre, it burnt down on 16th March 1879.

Wonderland was built and opened in 1880 as a multi-purpose entertainemt venue. Yiddish plays were performed, it had a museum, an exhibition space and was also used as a boxing arena. In 1909 it was equipped for cinema use and held a Cinematograph Licence, showing films until at least 1915. It was destroyed by a fire in 1917.

In 1921, the Rivoli Cinema was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

A rare photograph of Wonderland:
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