10 Sway Road,
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According to the Cinema Theatre Association the Alpha Cinema opened in March 1914 although most other sources seem to opt for 1911. By 1923 it had been re-named Gem Cinema, the first year I can access a Kine Year Book for. It originally had 516 seats and was equipped with a British Acoustic(BA) sound system but by the time of closure it had 395 seats and a RCA sound system. It is last listed in the directory in 1961 being run by the Merglen Cinema Company.
It has been a auto repair shop for a number of years, the current occupant having been formed in 1978 although not necessarily at this location. Some plasterwork is still visible on the ceiling.
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