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The Castle Cinema in Burgate, Pickering is a fairly typical example of a small town cinema with its streamlined facade, fairly large foyer and single level 550 seat auditorium. It opened in 1937.
During the 1970’s and 1980’s it struggled to survive, with frequent short lived closures, and in 1990 it was acquired for redevelopment into housing and permission to demolish granted. However the Castle Cinema, still a marginally profitable venture clung on and the threat was lifted. The owners partitioned the building across the width of the cinema with the rear half remaining a cinema using the stepped area of seating to provide a comfortable 250 seater with a large screen. The front former screen end became a children’s play area. The foyer has been put to good use by introducing a small cafe open throughout the day.
These changes are the only ones, apart from the widening of the screen area to allow for Cinemascope in 1953, that have been made to the Castle and it remains substantially as built. It was never however a very ornate building. The cinema is now adorned with movie posters and old projectors.
Sadly the Castle Cinema was closed on 1st September 2006.
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