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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 of the Playhouse was January 1921. From July 1946 it was renamed 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-1950’s, Myles Byrne Cinemas Ltd. CinemaScope was installed in the late-1950’s.
The Maxime Cinema closed in September 1989. 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. The nightclub closed on December 31, 2016. In May 2019 the building reopened as a bar & grill.
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