Penge Picturedrome

14-16 High Street,
London, SE20 7HG

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Penge Picturedrome, London UK in 1912 - Exterior

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Located in the southeast London district of Penge at the corner of High Street and Oakfield Road, in the Borough of Bromley. The Penge Picturedrome was operating by April 1912 when it was offered ‘For Sale’ as a going concern, with possibilities for expansion into a 1,000-seat cinema. Built into an already existing building containing residential use on the upper floors, the ground floor entrance could have possibly been a conversion of a shop. There was originally a small tower feature to the right of the entrance (now removed). The auditorium was built at the rear of the premises, with tip-up seating provided on a single sloping floor. There was a 60 feet throw from the projection box to the screen, which measured 15 feet x 12 feet.

The expansion never happened and it continued to operate until closing in October 1914.

In July 2012, the entrance and rear part of the auditorium are in use as a Costcutter Supermarket, and the screen end of the auditorium is in use as a Topps Tiles shop, with its entrance on Oakfield Road.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Buffer
Buffer on January 13, 2014 at 6:37 am

I understand the cinema closed in October 1914 and became part of the New Era laundry.

CharmaineZoe
CharmaineZoe on January 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Article that appeared in the Cinema News and Property Gazette in 1912 with a description of the Picturedrome and details of it’s sale https://archive.org/stream/cinenewgaz01cine#page/n115/mode/1up

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