Alexandra Cinema

3-4 Alexandra Road,
Aldershot, GU11 3HU

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Alexandra Cinema

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The Alexandra Cinema was built on the site of a music hall where Charlie Chaplin made his stage debut, in Alexandra Road, hence the name. It had a CinemaScope screen(probably the first cinema in Aldershot to have this).

The auditorium was simple Art Nouveau with an apple motif around auditorium, which lay parallel to the road. A projection box was accessed by sliding a steel shutter from balcony staircase. A red neon sign ran the full length of the facade which was stucco with faux Doric columns, similar in style to its younger sister, the Empire/Odeon.

The Alexandra Cinema was taken over by the County Cinemas chain in November 1927, and taken over by the Oscar Deutch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. in September 1939. One of five cinemas built in Aldershot, it was always very busy and often pulled a coup by showing new releases before the main Odeon and ABC cinemas in the town. It used to have a commisionaire in full uniform to control the crowds and often the cinema would show the house full sign. The last film shown was “The Jungle Book” on 25th March 1967.

It was then sold to Star Cinemas who turned it over to bingo. The Alexandra Cinema was demolished in 1986. Neo-Georgian style offices named Communications House now stands on the site.

Contributed by Mike Luck

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 9, 2005 at 6:28 am

The Alexandra Cinema closed on 25th March 1967 and became a Star Bingo Club for many years. It was demolished in 1986.

ritzman
ritzman on January 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

The map reference is complete wrong. The Alexandra was situated at the town centre end of Alexandra Rd opposite Warburg Barracks which were replaced by the multi story carpark, which its self has now been demolished for the new Westgate Centre development where the new Cineworld cinema is located. Does anyone have any photos of the Alexandra? Mike Blakemore perhaps?

ritzman
ritzman on June 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

Photo added of the ‘Alex’ after take over by Star Cinemas who promptly put it on bingo. Painted the foyer & auditorium orange for some strange reason!

ritzman
ritzman on June 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

New photo added of the Alexandra Music Hall & Palace that sttid on the site before the more modern Alexandra Cinema replaced it. I’m searching for some shots of the auditorium and will post if I find any.

ritzman
ritzman on June 19, 2014 at 2:30 am

Newspaper advert for the Alexandra added in photo section

ritzman
ritzman on July 11, 2014 at 2:08 am

New photo added 1945

ritzman
ritzman on August 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

The end is neigh New photo added

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