Capitol Cinema

115 Alexandra Road,
St. Austell, PL25 5QL

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Capitol Cinema

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Located in St. Austell, Cornwall. This large building opened on 22 April 1929 complete with, in addition to the cinema, a ballroom, cafe, lounge, a row of shops and a car park. It was built and operated by Harry J. Watkins. There were 646 seats, including 14 in boxes. The proscenium was 36ft wide, the stage an exceptionally large 40ft deep and there were six dressing rooms. Pantomime and other live shows were presented. Western Electric sound was used.

In 1945 Capitol (St. Austell) Ltd. took over. Curiously, after the war, the proscenium width was only given as 25ft. Nevertheless, CinemaScope was subsequently installed. The cinema was eventually acquired, along with the Classic Cinema (former Odeon), by WTW Cinemas. Once the Classic Cinema had been converted into the Film Centre the Capitol Cinema closed as a cinema and became a full-time bingo hall (having already presented bingo part-time). In June 2013 (which, despite the date in the camera data, is when my photographs were taken) it was Capitol Bingo.

Contributed by David Simpson
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