Kingsway Cinema

197 London Road,
Hadleigh, SS7 2PB

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Kingsway Cinema

Located in Hadleigh, Essex, to the west of Southend-on-Sea. The Kingsway Super Cinema was opened on 27th April 1936 by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain. It was a takeover of a cinema planned by the Lou Morris chain.

Seating was provided on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear of the auditorium, rather than an overhanging balcony. The cinema was equipped with a Compton 3Manual/6Ranks organ with a Melotone unit. It also had a cafe for the convenience of its patrons. ABC closed the Kingsway Cinema on 20th December 1958.

It was closed for a year, then re-opened under independent management on 7th December 1959. As well as films, bingo, wrestling and concerts were also held in the building. The Kingsway Cinema was closed in 1970. It was soon demolished and a supermarket was built on the site. In 1999, it became a Lookers Land Rover car showroom.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on April 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

A picture of the Kingsway: View link

This webpage has links to pictures and information about the theatre’s Compton organ.

blakey692002 on April 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Please be advised that the link provided is out of date. Full details of the current location of the Kingsway Compton Organ and the 2012 season of popular concerts can be found at the following website;

This site also contains pictures of the cinema and staff.

Biffaskin on November 19, 2019 at 2:49 pm

And the rochford Compton link is also now no longer working!

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