Maxime Cinema

Leigh Road,
Street, BA16 0HA

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Maxime Cinema

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In the small town of Street, near Glastonbury in Somerset, a cinema was opened in a Victorian public hall by a local lady, Mrs. H. Voake (who, it is thought, owned the building). There was already a 20ft deep stage, four dressing rooms and a 26ft wide proscenium. A fireproof projection box was installed within the existing building.

The opening date is not known, although this was presumably post-1910. (The 1914 Kine Year Book lists only the “Crispin Hall Kinema” in Street; it is not known whether this refers to this building.)

Certainly by the 1930’s the cinema was known as the Playhouse. From the 1940’s it was called the Maxime Cinema.

A variety of owners included Cornell Cinemas (Sketty) Ltd. (post World War II; this company is listed in the 1953 Kinematograph Year Book) and, from the mid-1950s, Myles Byrne Cinemas Ltd. CinemaScope was installed in the late-1950’s.

It is thought the Maxime Cinema closed in the late-1980’s. When I visited, in April 2000, the building was occupied by Maxime’s night club. More recently the night club has been called Envy. In June 2015 club owner Adam Fynn announced plans to relocate, with the former cinema being transformed into residential units.

Contributed by David Simpson
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