285 Aylsham Road,
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Functions: Bingo Hall
Styles: Art Deco
Located in the Upper Hellesdon district to the northwest of the city on Aylsham Road, opposite Glenmore Gardens. The Capitol Cinema was opened on 26th December 1932 with Johnny Weismuller in “Tarzan the Ape Man”. It was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system and was built for and operated by Victor Harrison. All seating was on a single level, although provision was made to add a balcony if required. Adjacent to the cinema was the Lido Swimming Pool, which also opened in 1932.
The Capitol Cinema was closed in April 1960. It was converted into the Lido Ballroom, later known as the Norwood Rooms.
The front of the building was altered in the 1980’s and it was converted into a Mecca Bingo Club, which extended itself into the adjacent former swimming pool.
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