34 Marylebone Road,
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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.
Architects: Frederick Edward Jones
Built on the site of the 300 seat, Madame Tussaud’s Cinema which was opened in 1909 and was destroyed by fire in 1925 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Tussaud’s Cinema opened on 26th April 1928 with Maria Corda in “Helen of Troy”. It was adjacent to the new Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which also contained a restaurant and dance hall. The cinema entrance was to the immediate West of the building almost adjacent to Baker Street railway/tube station.
Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels and the cinema was equipped with a Wurlitzer model F theatre organ. John Maxwell, of Associated British Cinemas(ABC) became chairman of the Madame Tussaud company in February 1929 and the cinema was booked by ABC (but not operated by them).
It was destroyed by German bombs during the Blitz in on the night of 9th/10th September 1940. The Wurlitzer organ was damage but recued from the building and later repaired and installed in the Palace Ballroom, Blackpool. The main waxworks part of the building was not so badly damaged. In March 1958 the London Planetarium was opened on the cinema site, becoming the SkyDome Auditorium from 2006 and the Madame Tussauds Cinema from 2010 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures)
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