Grand Theatre

Market Street,
Falmouth, TR11

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petekernow on November 8, 2014 at 1:46 am

In c1957 I was watching War and Peace here when there was a strange puffing sound. A staff member walked through the auditorium spraying with a disinfectant Flit gun! A unique cinematic experience.

MKR on September 26, 2014 at 7:58 am

Hi. I’m in the process of putting together an exhibition about the history of cinemas in Falmouth to be shown at The Poly in November. This will include images from our archive such as the one above. You can view some of our images on our website

At the moment I’m carrying out research into the 7 cinemas which have operated in the town over the years. If you have any info or photos to share I’d love to hear from you.

CBM on March 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

In Fact the Coat of Arms now on the side of the HSBC Bank was on the front of what was called The Royal Hotel. The whole site was built as a Hotel with a Coaching Yard at the side and to its rear. The Hotel is now the Bank and the site of the Grand Theatre would have been this Coach Yard to the side and at the Back of the Bank. The Theatre had a covered way now Moss Bros and then marble steps leading to its entrance which woyuld have been further back partly in the Fit Pit car park.

20Shadow20 on September 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

I can’t work out where the facade is.

20Shadow20 on September 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

Thanks David. I assumed that the building now occupied by HSBC was part of the cinema (columns). But I can’t picture it, so I assume from your information that this was built post-demolition and made to look much older than it actually is.

I often pondered about the coat of arms, on my way back into town from Jacob’s Ladder Inn!

DavidSimpson on August 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

My photographs (which, despite the date in the camera data, were taken in June 2013) show the building currently on the site and also the Royal Coat of Arms, most likely displayed above the theatre’s proscenium, which is now attached to the outside of the rear of the building. (It can just be seen, on the ‘blank’ rear side wall.)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

A vintage photograph of the entrance to the ABC in 1972:
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