1 High Street,
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Previously operated by: Shipman & King Cinemas Ltd.
Architects: Henry W. Coussens
Styles: Art Deco
The Embassy Cinema opened on 11th February 1937 with Will Hay in "Windbag the Sailor". It was built for and operated by the Shipman & King circuit and they operated it throughout its life.
Designed in an Art Deco style, the square brick exterior is similar to the Majestic Cinema, Sevenoaks. The cinema was equipped with a cafe for the convenience of its patrons.
S&K closed the Embassy Cinema in 1969, and despite a 2,000 signed petition, it was converted into a supermarket for Vyes the grocers. It later became a Lo-Cost, then a Co-Op Supermarket and in 2009 operates as an M & Co. The original ‘Embassy’ name sign has been retained on the building.
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