109 High Street,
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Located in Newmarket, Suffolk. The Kingsway Cinema was opened on 31st December 1926 with “Madam San Gene”. It was a conversion of a mansion, known as Stamford House, which had been home to the Earls of Stamford & Warrington. The auditorium was built at the rear of the premises, and was designed by architect S.C. Addison of Eastbourne.
A sound on disc system was installed on 14th July 1930 when “Elstree Calling” became the first ‘talkie’ screened in the cinema. In 1931, a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system was installed. CinemaScope was installed in January 1955, with a screening of “Lucky Me” starring Doris Day.
The Kingsway Cinema was closed on 28th May 1977. It was converted into the Coronet Social Club, and then the Grand Ole Opry, specialising in country & western music. Today it operates as a nightclub named Innocence.
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