Bellingham Film Palace
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Located in the Bellingham district in south London, to the south of Catford. The London County Council’s Bellingham Housing Estate was built in 1923/1924 as ‘Homes for Heroes’ and their families when World War I veterans had returned from the conflict. Opened as the Fellowship Inn, it became the focal point for an evening out on the estate. The Tudor Revival style building was designed by architect F.G. Newnham, house architect for the brewery Barclay Perkins Co. As well as all the normal pub facilities boasting two bars, it had a 200-seat music hall and a large function room. In the 1960’s the pub was home to British boxing champion Henry Cooper who trained at the pub for his first (of four) fights with Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) (Cooper won that one in a knockout). The Fellowship Inn also hosted groups such as Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton onto its stage. By September 2017 the pub had become run down and in a state of disrepair and it was closed.
Taken over by the Electric Star group of pubs, work began on a £4million National Lottery funded restoration which was completed for its re-opening as The Fellowship and Star on 4th June 2019. A 56-seat first-run cinema, known as the Bellingham Film Palace now operates in one of the rooms, which retains its original décor from 1924. The Fellowship and Star is a Grade II listed building.
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