44 High Street,
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Architects: William Edward Trent
Styles: Art Deco
Located at the southern end of the High Street on the corner of Ravensbourne Road, close to Bromley South Railway Station in the south-east district of Bromley, in what today is part of Greater London. The Gaumont was opened by Gaumont British Theatres & Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) on 23rd November 1936, with Robert Taylor in "Secret Interlude"(Private Number) and Ralph Lynn in "In the Soup"
The exterior was faced in brick, with horizontal banding, and there was a flat topped tower on the corner over the entrance, which was faced in faiance tiles. A large vertical fin sign on the tower carried the name ‘Gaumont’ on both sides in neon.
The design of the auditorium was unique, in an undersea effect resembling the inside of a gigantic shell. With shell features around the elliptical proscenium arch, the entire colour scheme was in graded mother of pearl tints, and the whole space very much resembled the shape of the auditorium of Radio City Music Hall in Manhatten, New York. The Gaumont had a fully equipped large stage to host stage shows. It was equipped with a 4Manual/10Rank Compton organ, with the console on a lift to the left side of the orchestra pit, it was opened by organist Terance Casey. There was also a cafe/restaurant which could seat 150.
The Gaumont was closed by the Rank Organisation on 18th February 1961 with Bradford Dillman in "Circle of Deception" and Richard Basehart in "None but the Brave"(For the Love of Mike).
The building was gutted internally and converted into a department store. By 2009, the building has been sub-divided into several stores, one being Habitat, which is located at the former entrance to the Gaumont.
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