249 Bromley Road,
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Architects: Major William James King
Previous Names: Splendid Super Cinema
Located in Downham, a district south of Catford and north of Bromley, now part of Greater London. The Splendid Super Cinema opened 18th August 1930 with Marion Davies in “Not So Dumb” and Laurel & Hardy in “Blotto”.
A feature of the auditorium was the two huge side-wall murals, painted by artist F.L. Philie, which depicted a landscape suggesting Switzerland or Northern Italy. Depicted were chalets, villas, mansions and a castle, all set among trees and shrubs. There were winding lanes climbing through wooded slopes to the distant montains. The blue of the sky extended across the ceiling, in which was set a central light fitting that could change colours to represent sunrise to sunset. Sadly, this interior decorative scheme was painted over in June 1938. The cinema had a 40 feet wide proscenium and a fully equipped stage for variety shows. It also contained a cafe and there was a car park for 80 cars at the rear.
The Splendid Cinema was closed 7th December 1957 with David Niven in “My Man Godfrey”. It was demolished in Summer of 1958. In 1961, a petrol station was built on the cinema site and a block of flats on the car park, which are named Crystal View Court.
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