St. Columb Major,
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Previous Names: Picture Palace, Town Hall Cinema
In St. Columb Major, 8 miles to the east of Newquay, Cornwall, the Picture Palace was opened around 1913/1914. It was operated by A. E. Hamlin from the late-1920’s as the Town Hall Cinema. There were 150 seats.
In the 1930’s it was operated by Will Neath as “Neath’s Non-Flam Pictures”, which suggests 16mm projection. It was equipped with a British Acoustic(BA) sound system. Philip E. G. Taylor continued this policy from 1935. The seating capacity was listed as 180-seats.
By 1939, Mr Taylor had formed Cornwall Cinemas (Newquay) Ltd. Shows were then once nightly on Thursday and Friday, with two shows on Saturday. Now known as simply the Cinema, the seating had reduced to 148-seats, and the proscenium was just 12ft wide. Non-flammable films were still being shown.
The Cinema closed on 17th February 1945.
The building is now home to the town’s library.
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