168-170 North Promenade,
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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.
Architects: Halstead Best
Previous Names: Princess Electric Theatre, ABC North Shore
A conversion of the Swiss Roller Rink, the Princess Electric Theatre opened on 12th December 1912 with 905 seats, it was enlarged to the designs of architect Halstead Best, and reopened as the 1,770-seat Princess Cinema on 10th July 1922.
It was taken over by Associated British Cinema(ABC) in 1929 and was in addition to their Hippodrome Theatre (Church Street) a former live theatre which continued under ABC to present summer shows, leaving the Princess Cinema the pick of the circuit’s films. This continued after the Hippodrome Theatre was largely demolished and a new ABC theatre constructed, as the new ABC also had a frequently used stage. The Princess Cinema (aka ABC North Shore) was equipped with 70mm and played roadshow films in the 1970’s.
However after the ABC (Church Street) was tripled in 1981 the Princess Cinema became surplus to requirements and was closed.
Used as a Punk music centre,which later closed. In 1982 it became an indoor market, and a ‘street’ of bars followed but more often than not the building was closed. The attractive Hathernware faiance tiled facade is now looking uncared for but the building has had a new roof in recent years.
It became the Bizness nightclub in October 1992, then the Waterfront nightclub in the late-1990’s followed by Sanuk nightclub and finally Club Domain which had closed by 2017. There are plans to use the building for storage.
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