Imperial Cinema

Occupation Road,
Peterborough, PE1

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Imperial Cinema

New England is a district of Peterborough. The Working Men’s Club was built in 1902 and the upper public hall/concert room used as a cinema from February 1913. Originally known as Osborne’s Cinema, operated by Mr. J. Osborne of Walworth, London. It was called the New England Cinema in 1914. By 1926 Arthur Alderman and his family were in charge.

Morrison sound was brought in 1931 and CinemaScope from 10th October 1955. Still the New England Cinema, it closed on 21st May 1966 with Christopher Lee in “Dracula, Prince of Darkness”. From 1971-82 adult films and Asian fare for the local community returned under the name Imperial Cinema. The building has gone full circle being in 2014 the New England Working Mans Club.

Contributed by Martin Tapsell

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Biffaskin on May 28, 2020 at 3:25 am

The Working Men’s Club in this has been closed. However, the good news is that it has been tidied up inside and out, and is now known as ReSpace Peterborough, a community based project which sees the building now a community centre at the heart of New England in the city.

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