Andrews' Picture House

34-36 Union Street,
Plymouth, PL1

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Previously operated by: Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd.

Firms: Thornley, Rooke & Barron

Styles: Neo-Classical

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The Andrews' Picture House was opened on 1st August (Bank Holiday Monday), 1910. It was purpose built as a cinema, designed by local Plymouth architects Thornley, Rooke & Barron. The auditorium had a high, deeply curved barrel vaulted ceiling, and seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It was equipped with a straight organ. Another amenity was the provision of a tea room.

In the mid-1920’s it was taken over by the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) circuit, and in February 1929 they were taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain. They closed the Andrews' Picture House in October 1930, and it was immediately demolished to built their new 2,223-seat Gaumont Palace, which opened on 16th November 1931.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

CSWalczak on September 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

There is additional historical detail about this theatre here, here, and here.

This photo appears to show a remaining fragment of the Andrews' Picture House before the Gaumont Palace was built on the site.

Flyman on September 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I think this is the site before Andrews Picture House was built.

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