New Parade Cinema

8 Fort Hill,
Margate, CT9 1HD

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New Parade Cinema

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The Parade Cinema opened on 26th June 1911. Typical of a purpose-built cinema of its era, it had a barrel vaulted ceiling, and all seating was on a single floor. The right-hand side of the auditorium was extended beyond the main body of the auditorium, which gave a distorted veiew onto the screen for seating on that side. A sliding roof was provided for ventilation. The Parade Cinema was renovated in 1937.

By 1952, it had been taken over by the Classic Cinemas chain, and was re-named Classic Repertory Cinema. It was closed in 1963, and became a Vogue Bingo Club.

From July 1979 to November 1981, it went back to cinema use as a 16mm cinema club screening uncensored sex films, and was operated as the New Parade Cinema.

In 1982, it was converted into a snooker club. A false celiing has been inserted in the auditorium, hiding the original barrel vaulted ceiling, and the main entrance has been partially bricked in. In 2009, it is known as the Thanet Matchroom Social Club. In 2014 it was converted into an indoor market, and the false ceiling in the auditorium was removed.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ian
Ian on June 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Photo of the Parade as a snooker club here:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/392273760/

slapavision
slapavision on December 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

The original façade in the early days. View link

Sorry about the quality, this a very poor photo of a large panoramic print of Margate harbour – which has a relation to this building in itself. Someone I know rented the flat above this building a few years ago and I believe the print came from the Margate Museum archive. When he moved out they no longer wanted it and thus donated it to me, where it now proudly sits on my wall.

Comparing the old with the new, sadly the very top floor has been lost at some point in the building’s life, but a roof terrace with a new access door put in the top bedroom has replaced it.

Buffer
Buffer on May 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

The book “Margate’s seaside Heritage” notes the façade has panels decorated with masks and musical instruments, suggesting the building may have been conceived as a Music Hall

Buffer
Buffer on August 31, 2014 at 8:27 pm

In late 2014 the closed snooker club is being converted into an indoor market. The curved ceiling should be revealed again , as seen on You Tube.

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