49 High Street,
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The Picture House was located adjacent to the Chatham Empire Theatre. Both were operated by Oswald Stoll as part of his Stoll Circuit of theatres & cinemas. Designed by Rochester based architect H.H. Dunstall, the Picture House was opened on 19th February 1917. It was equipped with a 2Manual Nicholson & Lord organ.
In 1953, it was re-named the Empire Cinema. The Empire Cinema was closed on 10th June 1961 with Michael Craig in “Doctor In Love” and Virginia Mayo in “Congo Crossing”. The Empire Theatre had closed the previous year.
Both buildings were demolished and the site became a car park for the new Government office block named Anchorage House.
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