Roxy Cinema

Quay Road,
Bridlington, YO16

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A conversion of the former Temperence Hall in 1912 provided Bridlington with the Picturehouse Cinema and the facade (pictured) dates from around this time. It was quickly renamed the Picturedrome (by 1913). It led a troubled life as it was nowhere near the center of town and often seems to have closed.

There were 400 seats in stalls and small balcony although later on 497 were listed in Cine Yearbooks.

British Eastern Electric sound was installed in 1930 and the cinema renamed the Adelphi. Closed and used for storage during the War the Adelphi reopened around 1948 when it had yet another new name – The Roxy.

Round about 1961 bingo took over – but occasional weeks of film seem to have been presented in 1962. Cinemascope was never installed here.

It is now an amusement arcade with a false ceiling very slightly above balcony level (showing the lower part of the balcony. Likely to be intact above.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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JimRankin
JimRankin on May 27, 2004 at 5:17 am

It is amazing how many theatres are named ROXY in imitation of the once famous name of the New York City panjandrum of the movie palace: Samual Lionel Rothapfel = “Roxy”. His namesake was the famous ROXY THEATRE in NYC, which outlasted him by only 25 years when it was demolished in 1960. The whole story is in that landmark book “The Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” by the late Ben M. Hall in 1961. Various editions of it are sometimes available from www.Amazon.com, but only the first edition contains the color plates.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 19, 2005 at 1:01 pm

Kine' Yearbook’s 1963 and 1965 have the Roxy Cinema still listed as operating (possibly part-time?).

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