Gaumont Norwich

All Saints Green,
Norwich, NR1 3HN

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Norwich Carlton at night

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Anyone glancing at this depressingly metal clad featureless building in recent years would be hard pressed to imagine that this was once an Art Deco style super cinema. It opened as the Carlton Cinema in 1932, was enlarged and reopened, with double the number of seats – now 1,920, only two years later in 1934. Two years after that it was taken over by County Cinemas and then by Odeon Theatres Ltd.

After the city’s Gaumont cinema was closed and demolished in 1959, Rank rebranded the Carlton Cinema with the Gaumont name which lasted until closure in 1973.

It reopened as a Top Rank Bingo Club immediately and remained a bingo club until closing as a Mecca Bingo Club on 18th April 2011 when serious structural defects were found in the building. The building was demolished in June 2014.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 14, 2006 at 2:22 am

A photograph of the Gaumont in the Summer of 1971:
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Ian
Ian on May 11, 2007 at 5:31 am

And a photo as a bingo hall here:–

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pierre27
pierre27 on August 26, 2009 at 5:15 am

I was working in an office nearby and I remember getting free tickets to see Vanishing Point (Barry Newman). How prophetic it turned out!

rasLXR
rasLXR on June 8, 2014 at 9:14 am

http://www.edp24.co.uk/norfolk-life/ray_s_golden_memories_of_the_gaumont_silver_screen_1_3563893

Looks like its being demolished.

DavidSimpson
DavidSimpson on September 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

See my photo taken in August 2014. The cinema was still standing, albeit in the process of demolition.

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