Robins Cinema

6 Park Way,
Newbury, RG14 1EE

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Robins Cinema

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Located in Newbury, Berkshire. The Forum Cinema was opened in November 1939 with George Formby in “Trouble Brewing” and “Killers of the Sea”. The Forum Cinema had a café in the circle lounge. It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) on 30th August 1943, and operated by their Mayfair Circuit.

It was re-named ABC in 1964. The ABC was closed on 29th July 1972 to be twinned, re-opening on 26th October 1972 with a 484-seat cinema in the former circle and an Alpha Bingo Club operating in the former stalls area. The cinema was taken over by the Cannon Group in 1986 and it was re-named Cannon. The bingo club was closed in 1988. The Cannon Group was taken over by MGM in 1993, but this was a short lived venture as it was taken over by the Robins Cinemas chain. The Robins Cinema was closed on 20th April 1995. The building was converted in a gymnasium/fitness club which was closed on 30th June 2014. By 2016 it had re-opened as a gymnasium.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

westfieldjeff on August 15, 2014 at 12:57 am

Can someone please confirm the name of the architect for this cinema.

Mike_Blakemore on August 15, 2014 at 7:29 am

It would be very interesting to find out. To me it stylisticly looks like a David Evelyn Nye. design.. Who did Our Regal Cinema Marlow

m1dlg on August 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm

The details here are slightly incorrect. The cinema was a Robins cinema in 96, I seem to recall it was also a Robins in 94 as I saw Frankenstein there in 94, well the first half, I nodded off halfway through (I had been working for 14 hours prior to seeing the film!). I’d swear it was a Robins then. I worked there in 96, possibly late 95 but not 100% sure. It was still a Robins in 98. The building was quite tired and required a lot of maintenance – the roof leaked badly, and the lack of working heating meant hiring a large industrial heater that filled the building with diesel fumes during the winter. Despite the wages being only £2.50 ph, I worked there for the love of the job and not to be paid. I enjoyed every day of it. I’m pretty sure it was still a Robins until the minimum wage laws came in.

Techwreckie on June 12, 2016 at 4:51 am

This has now opened as a gym again, under the BST Fitness brand. There’s not much left of the cinema inside, but you can see the proscenium arch at the front of the upstairs gym area.

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