Majestic Cinema

33-35 Bell Street,
Reigate, RH2 7AD

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd., Shipman & King Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: Francis Burdett Ward, C.E.A. Woolnough

Firms: Ward & Woolnough

Styles: Art Deco

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Majestic Cinema

Located in Reigate, Surrey on Bell Street & what is today the corner of Bancroft Road which was named after the Bancroft family who built the cinema. The new Majestic Cinema was built to the right of the already existing Hippodrome Cinema which was also operated by the Bancroft family in partnership with the Shipman & King circuit.

The Majestic Cinema was opened in November 1935. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. There was a large stage and a 3Manual/7Ranks Christie organ was installed with an illuminated console. The organ was opened by organist Reginald New. The cinema also boasted a cafe for the convenience of its patrons.

The Shipman & King circuit was taken over by EMI in the 1970’s, and they later became part of the ABC chain. The Christie organ was removed from the building around 1972. The stage was used quite often in the 1970’s and 1980’s with one-night concerts by pop stars.

The Majestic Cinema was closed on 11th December 1982 and was demolished for redevelopment.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Biffaskin on October 16, 2022 at 8:07 am

The Christie was ordered on 02/07/1935 (order number 2959), and opened by Reginald New on 14/10/1935, so a slightly earlier opening date than that shown above!

Biffaskin on October 16, 2022 at 8:08 am

The Christie was removed c1972.

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