258 Leigh Road,
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In Leigh-on-Sea, near Southend-on-Sea, Essex, the Corona Cinema opened in October 1929. It was operated by South Essex Cinema Syndicate Ltd. It was a single-storey auditorium with its own orchestra (variety shows accompanied the films) and also a Christie organ. It had its own cafe. In the late-1930’s it was owned by Ben Jay. By 1940 it was part of the Albion circuit and by the early-1950’s it was run by John E. Pearce.
Essoldo took over in 1954, and closed the cinema on 4th April 1959. After a period of disuse it became industrial premises but in 1982 was converted to the Radion Snooker Centre. Subsequently, a false floor was added and Superbowl bowling centre opened at first floor level (incidentally offering excellent close up views of the plaster decoration, based on marine designs, around the top of the walls!). In late-2013 the building closed. The rear third was ‘chopped off’ to provide extra space for flats that are to be built on vacant land behind the building.
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