148 Clapton Common,
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Architects: George Coles
Previous Names: Stamford Hill Cinema
Located in the northeast London inner city district of Stamford Hill. Opened as the Stamford Hill Cinema on 26th December 1925 with Edmund Lowe in “The Fool”. It was an independently operated cinema, but from the 2nd January 1928 was taken over by the United Picture Theatres circuit and presented Cine-Variety.
Architect George Coles designed a functional cinema that had all seating on one level (there was no balcony). The façade had a Classical style which had a pediment on top, the auditorium was decorated in a slightly Moorish style.
It was re-named the Super Cinema in 1947 and from 4th January 1948 was taken over by Associated British Cinemas (ABC). It closed on 7th October 1959 with a re-issue of Danny Kaye in “Up in Arms” and Audrey Dalton in “This Other Eden”.
Its design and size made it an ideal candidate for conversion into the latest craze, ten pin bowling. The Super Cinema became the first ten pin bowling alley to open in Britain, opening on 20th January 1960. It only lasted for a few years and when the bowling ‘fad’ passed by, the building was demolished and a Sainsbury supermarket was built on the site. That building continued as a Netto supermarket and by 2017 was an Asda supermarket. The Asda supermarket closed in 2023 and it has now become a Jewish supermarket.
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