Clifton Leamington Spa
2 Spencer Street,
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The Bath Cinema was opened on 23rd March 1925 with Ramon Navarro in “Scaramouche”. Designed by noted cinema architect Horace G. Bradley, the auditorium was decorated with Wedgewood style plaques on the side-walls. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. There was also an adjacent cafe. In 1926, a ballroom and garage was built adjacent to the left side of the building.
In July 1938, it was taken over by the Stratford Picture House Co. part of the Clifton Cinema circuit, and it was re-decorated and re-named Clifton Cinema. Now part of the Clifton Cinemas chain, it was closed on 2nd September 1956 with Trevor Howard in “Gift Horse” and Joan Collins in “Our Girl Friday”.
The original Wedgewood style interior was stripped out and the proscenium altered for CinemaScope to the plans of architect James A. Roberts. The Clifton Cinema re-opened with the provincial premiere of the Norman Wisdom film “Up In the World” on 16th December 1956. In the 1960’s, the ballroom was converted into a bingo club.
The Clifton Cinema was closed on 16th January 1982 with James Farentino in “Dead and Buried”. The cinema was converted into a nightclub named Lester’s (today operating as Evolve) while the former ballroom became a Granada Bingo Club (today a bar named Dockers).
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