Bude Leisure Centre
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Previously operated by: Shipman & King Cinemas Ltd.
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Picture House
There was a Picture House in Bude which originally opened in either 1919 or 1921 (sources vary) and it had a seating capacity for 400. It was located off the High Street. In the early-1930’s it was enlarged to seat 614.
In 1936 a new Picture House was built at a different location close to the sea, with seating for 980. Designed in an Art Moderne style, the stand alone building had sharp angled corners on its impressive white painted facade. A really beautifully designed building. It had a 40 feet wide proscenium, a 17 feet deep stage and four dressing rooms.
The Picture House was taken over by the Shipman & King circuit in the 1940’s. It was operated by an independent in the 1960’s and was twinned in around 1981. An ice rink and roller rink were added and it became known as Bude Leisure Centre. It was operated by Star Cinemas/EMI.
It was closed in the 1980’s, and was demolished in 1987, and a supermarket was built on the site.
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