Cannon East Grinstead

Little King Street,
East Grinstead, RH19 3DJ

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Cannon East Grinstead

The Radio Centre Cinema on King Street, opened on 12th April 1936 with Jack Hulbert in “Jack of All Trades”. It had 1,012 seats in the stalls and circle and the interior was designed to resemble Radio City Music Hall in New York. It also boasted a cafe, for the convenience of its patrons.

It tripled in the 1972, under Classic Cinemas control, it had two cinemas in the former circle and bingo in the former stalls. A third cinema was added in 1973 in the former cafe. It later became a Cannon cinema before closing on 4th January 1989 with Bob Hoskins in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”.

It was demolished in April 1990, and the site of the Radio Centre Cinema is now occupied by the Atrium Centre, built in 1991, which incorporates a two screen cinema run (both seating 140)

Contributed by Jonathan Logan

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TLSLOEWS on January 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Thanks for the photos and info Ian.

Celeste on August 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

I went to School in England for 2 years. Our School was near East Grinstead. We went to the Cannon Movie Theater a lot. It was great! I loved the circular design. It had a cute Cafe where you could grab a bite before the Movie and my Parents also loved it because you could smoke while you were watching the Movie.Sad to hear it’s gone.

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