346-350 Brockley Road,
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Architects: Henry Attwater
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Picture Palace, Crofton Park Picture Palace, Crofton Park Cinema
Located in the southeast London district of Brockley. The Picture Palace opened on 12th July 1913 and is located directly opposite Crofton Park railway station, in the south London area of Brockley.
Seating was provided for 650 on one floor, with no balcony. It soon became known as the Crofton Park Picture Palace and by 1918 was re-named Crofton Park Cinema. In 1931 it had been re-named Rivoli Cinema and some alterations had been carried out to modernise the buildings façade in a rather plain Art Deco style, plus a café was added to the facilities. The seating capacity was now 700 in the extended auditorium.
It remained an Independently operated and owned cinema throughout it life. It closed on 2nd March 1957 with Kenneth Moore in “Reach for the Sky” and Nat ‘King’ Cole in “The Nat ‘King’ Cole Musical Story”. The building was boarded up for a couple of years and then re-opened on 26th December 1959 as the Rivoli Ballroom. It remains open today catering to lovers of ballroom dancing, jive, rock ‘n roll etc and has a very popular regular gay night.
In 2007 there were threats to demolish the building, but a vigorous local campaign was begun, which culminated in the building being designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage in January 2008. Frome March 2018, classic films are screened three times a month.
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