75-79 East Street,
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Architects: William Riddell Glen
Previous Names: Savoy Cinema, Cannon, Virgin
The Savoy Cinema opened 1st August 1930 by Associated British Cinemas, and was designed in an Art Deco style by Wiliam R. Glen. It’s interior had a Japanese theme and had 2,300 seats, increased to 2,630 seats in 1948. Unusually, the cinema had an underground car park with 300 places. Additionally, it had two restaurants, two cafes and, at one time, a dance hall. The cinema was re-named the ABC Cinema in 1963 and suffered various changes of name until it reverted to being the ABC Cinema in 1997. The cinema can be seen in some scenes of the film “Quadrophenia”.
Screen 1 was closed in May 1991 and was converted into a casino. Screens 2,3 & 4 closed on 20th January 2000 and were converted into a restaurant, bar and nightclub. Only the Grosvenor Casino section was open in summer 2007. It uses the building’s secondary entrance on the sea front located at 9 Grand Junction Road. By 2011, the main entrance on East Street and foyer was in use as a Chinese restaurant.
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