Corona Cinema

Birchwood Park Avenue,
Swanley, BR8

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Interior of the Swanley Corona

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Located in Swanley, Kent, just outside of the London Borough of Bromley, on the south side of London Road (today pedestrianised as Asda Walk) across from Birchwood Park Avenue. The Corona Cinema was opened on 6th October 1938 with Robert Taylor in “A Yank at Oxford” and “That Man’s Here Again”. It was designed by architectural firm Sykes & Pomfret of Eltham. It was equipped with a Compton 2 Manual theatrone organ, which was opened by organist Reginald New. The proscenium was 40 feet wide, and the stage 13 feet deep.

Always independently operated, the Corona Cinema was closed on 22nd November 1965 with “Scorching Sands” and “Hell Below Deck”. It was eventually demolished, and Swanley Shopping Centre now stands on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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NickCatford on May 2, 2017 at 11:37 pm

The location of the Corona cinema at the junction of London Road and St Marys Road is not correct. It was located on the south side of London Road almost opposite the junction with Birchwood Park Avenue It had the Cedars Surgery on one side and the Holy Apostles Catholic church (demolished after a fire) on the other sides.

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