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Located in Sandown on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. The Queen’s Cinema was Sandown’s only ‘purpose built’ cinema opening in 1929 with 583 seats divided into stalls and circle. The proscenium width was 28ft. Two Siemens silent projectors adapted for sound by Western Electric were provided and remained until the end. (They are believed to survive at a private residence).
Originally owned and operated by Mr. A. Hill of “Stonelands” Ryde, the Queen’s Cinema passed to his Isle of Wight Theatres Group during the early-1930’s and thence to Star Cinemas (Leeds) who opened it only during the summer season. Star Cinemas became part of the Cannon Group who closed it in 1981, the last film being “Friday the 13th Part Two”. It was converted into a snooker club and the building was demolished and replaced in 1989 by a block of flats named Ashborne Court.
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