Gaumont Reading

143-145 Oxford Road,
Reading, RG1 7UY

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expatmike on February 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I remember going to the last film to be shown. It was very cold, as the boiler had run out of oil. At the start of the show the tabs would not open and the projectionist has to run down and open them by hand. I recall very few in the audience that sad last night. Not a cinema I really liked much. A real barn of a place with the screen quite high. A long narrow hall if I recall.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 13, 2011 at 10:15 am

Ctaig… Check with you local Public Library" archives, especially the “opening day” shots, or perhaps Odeon themselves.

craigl83 on April 13, 2011 at 12:23 am

Does anyone have a picture of the inside when it was a cinema. We’re looking at buying the building for a church and would like to see what it looked like before it was pulled apart to be a bingo hall and pool hall. Thanks

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm

From the many photos I have up/downloaded of English cinemas and theaters, many had steps leading up to the box office or entry doors.

I wonder how handicapped patrons managed in the days before wheelchair ramps were finally installed?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 31, 2011 at 7:58 am

A vintage photograph of the newly re-named Gaumont, playing the Gaumont release in January 1958: