Savoy Cinema

108 Union Street,
Plymouth, PL1

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

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Located on Union Street, opposite the Palace Theatre. The Savoy Picture House was built on the site of the St. James Picture Hall, which had opened as a live theatre prior to 1909 as the St. James Hall, and was demolished in 1920.

The Savoy Picture House was opened in 1921 and was operated by the Biocolour Picture Theatres chain. They were taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain in November 1926. The Savoy Picture House showed the first ‘talkie’ in Plymouth when Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool” was screened in 1929. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system.

The Savoy Picture House was destroyed by German flying bombs on 22nd April 1941. It never reopened and the site was sold in 1952, the remains were demolished, and housing was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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