38 Market Place,
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You may be surprised to see a cinema such as the former Central on a site amidst so many gorgeous buildings but the current auction rooms in the centre of Pickering is a fairly complete, and now very rare, example of a small town ‘fleapit’.
It was converted from a low earlier building known as the Central Hall (which itself may have been an adaptation of an earlier building) with a new foyer and projection room tacked onto one end. This is known to have been sometime between 1913 and 1920. Half of the seating was on the flat (and may have been benches) with the rear portion tip up seats, many of which still remain.
The foyer was tiny, consisting of a paybox with doors to Ladies and Gents toilets off. The auditorium was long and narrow with a proscenium just 14 feet wide. The Central accommodated 395 patrons.
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