Grand Cinema

154 London Road South,
Lowestoft, NR33 0AZ

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Located in Lowestoft, Suffolk. The building was originally a bathing pool, with an ornamental garden adjoining it. Eventually, the pool was floored over and became a roller skating rink. This closed by 1920. It was remodeled and converted into the New Cinema, which opened on 23rd August 1920 with “The 13th Chair”. Within a month it had been re-named Grand Cinema. There was also a dance hall attached.

The company went into voluntary liquidation in 1953. I was also told in the 1970’s by the chief projectionist at the Empire Cinema, Great Yarmouth and former chief projectionist at the Grand Cinema, that the projection equipment was leased and the company turned up one morning and removed it as the rental had not been paid.

In 1955, it was equipped with CinemaScope and a 38 feet wide screen was installed. Around 1963, it it had closed as a cinema and was converted into a bingo club. This closed around 1989.

Contributed by Russell
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