Essoldo Cippenham

Bath Road,
Cippenham, SL1

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Commodore Cippenham

Located in the Cippenham district of Slough, Buckinghamshire. The Commodore Cinema was opened on 30th November 1938 with Jimmy Durante in “Start Cheering” and Herbert Marshall in “Mad About Music”. It had a 45 feet wide proscenium and a 17 feet deep stage. There were four dressing rooms The Commodore Cinema was also equipped with a Lafleur 2Manual (Hammond) electronic organ which was opened by organist Stanley Miller. There was also a cafe and a dance hall in the building.

In October 1949, it was taken over by the Newcastle based Essoldo chain of cinemas and was re-named Essoldo in June 1950.

The Essoldo was closed on 20th March 1965, and was converted into an Essoldo Bingo Club. Demolished in the 1970’s, a building on the site became Courts Carpet Warehouse.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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execelsior on February 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I remember going here when I lived in Langley in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The last film I saw there was ‘The Ten Commandments’. The picture looks better than it was when I knew it.

dlwiltshire on March 18, 2015 at 6:16 am

I remember the Commodore well, my mum would take me there on a Saturday afternoon and afterwards we would call into the chip shop on the corner of Elmshott lane, for a 4p bag of the best chips ever tasted.

When I was older, I would meet up with Ken Felix and we would get into the cinema through the back door, very bad luck if we were caught by manger, it meant a thick ear from him, and he would throw us out. Only caught us once though.

To get up to the circle by the staircase, ment passing the ball room, and on that landing was a very large leather sofa, sitting on that sofa, on the centrally heated landing was luxury. In 1946 all we had at home was a small coal fire.

David Wiltshire

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