Astoria Cinema

65 The Broadway,
Chesham, HP5 1BX

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Palace Cinema

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Located in the centre of Chesham, Buckinghamshire. The Chesham Palace Cinema was opened in June 1914. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It had an 18 feet wide proscenium, a 14 feet deep stage, and two dressing rooms.

In 1930, it was re-named Astoria Cinema. By 1938, it was operated by the Shipman & King circuit. S & K operated the Astoria Cinema until it closed on 23rd May 1959 with James Cagney in “Never Steal Anything Small” and Audie Murphy in “No Name on the Bullet”.

It was taken over by the London Co-Operative Society as a furniture store until 1981. In recent years, the facade has been rebuilt, and now with a glazed frontage, it operates as a Superdrug store.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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