Connaught Cinema

164 Edgware Road,
London, W2 2DX

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Previously operated by: Pyke's Cinematograph Theatres

Architects: William Hancock

Previous Names: Cinematograph Theatre, Recreations Theatre

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Connaught Cinema

The Cinematograph Theatre was opened in March 1909. It was the first cinema to be operated by Montagu Pyke, who soon built up a small chain of Cinematograph Theatres around London. It was built on the site of two shops, and was designed by architect William Hancock. At the time of building it was located next to an amusement parlour named ‘Funland’. It was on the East side of Edgware Road, between Harrowby Street and Crawford Place, on a plot of land which today is immediately adjacent to the south of the old Woolworth’s store. The original seating capacity was for 500 and there was a 20 feet wide proscenium. In around 1916, it was re-named Recreations Cinema.

By 1937, it had been re-named Connaught Cinema, and by the time of its closing on 28th February 1964, it had a reduced seating capacity for 397. The final film was Tyrone Power in "Diplomatic Courier".

A retail shop and units above was built on the site, in 2009 they were vacant, but by 2012 was occupied as an extension to the Waitrose supermarket which occupies the former Woolworth store.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

A vintage photograph of the Cinematograph Theatre in 1915:
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spencerphobbs on September 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

The statement that “In around 1916, it was re-named the Recreations Cinema” is incorrect, as that it started off under that name to begin with. It also had at least one other name variation unknown to the contributor and therefore not included here.

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