Playhouse

122 High Street,
Guildford, GU1 3HU

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Playhouse cinema Guildford

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Located in Guildford, Surrey the cinema was at the end of an arcade named Tunsgate. The Guildford Picture Playhouse was opened on 2nd January 1922 with 1,000 seats in stalls and circle levels. It had a tea room and dance hall attached. It was taken over by the County Cinemas chain in 1929. In September 1939, they were taken over by the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd.

The Playhouse was closed by the Rank Organisation on 12th June 1965. It was demolished and the Tunsgate Quarter shopping arcade was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Graham24
Graham24 on January 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm

I was a trainee projectionist for the last year before it was closed. It was not in good decoration with years of cigarette smoke badly staining the plaster hence the house lights we’re heavenly tinted to hide the condition of the interior. The projectors were old but in very good condition light powered by ark light. My first job was to light the exit boxes with a pol with a taper as they where powered by gas mantles. This was my first job and as I was under age to see x films I had to have permtion from the council and parents. When closed I was transferred to the Odeon but it wasn’t the same And didn’t last there. I only have fond memories of the Playhouse.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2018 at 4:34 pm

This article says that Guildford’s Picture Playhouse Arcade was designed by local architect Frederick J. Hodgson.

Graham24
Graham24 on January 24, 2018 at 12:59 am

The arcade of the Playhouse Guildford cinema is still there but redeveloped. Where the Playhouse was, at the end, is now a retail courtyard and is in the proses of being redone again.

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