ABC Carlton Boscombe
677 Christchurch Road,
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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.
Firms: Reynolds & Tomlin
Previous Names: Carlton Super Cinema
The Carlton Super Cinema was located in the Boscombe district, close to Bournemouth. It was built by an independent company, but was taken over on completion by Associated British Cinemas(ABC). It opened on 27th July 1931 with Dorothy Mackail in "Once a Sinner" and George O'Brien in "Fair Warning".
Designed by architects Reynolds & Tomlin in an Oriental Chinese style, the light fittings in the auditorium were said to be a particular feature. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 30 feet wide and a cafe provided an additional facility for patrons.
In early-April 1971, it was re-furbished in the stalls area, to become a ‘luxury lounge’, with new seating installed in this area, and the circle becoming un-used. It re-opened on 29th April 1971, as the ABC with Frankie Howard in "Up Pompeii". The ABC closed on 10th July 1974 with Joseph Bottoms in "The Dove".
The building was converted into a Ladbrokes Lucky 7 Bingo Club and this use continued until it was closed in 1988. The building then lay empty and derelict for ten years.
The entrance and foyer of the building were converted into a pub named the Mello Mello Bar. An adjacent store next to the entrance became a pub for the J.D. Wetherspoon chain. It opened on 19th May 1998 and was known as The Sir Percy Florence Shelly. By 2017 it had closed. The Mello Mello Bar remains open. Sadly the abandoned auditorium lay derelict for several more years and was demolished in around 2002. The stage fly-tower remains.
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