Studio One

High Street,
Maldon, CM9 5EG

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Previously operated by: Shipman & King Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: Leslie H. Kemp, David Evelyn Nye

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Embassy Cinema

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Studio One

Opened on 19th March 1936 for the Shipman and King circuit, the Embassy Cinema was a grand Art Deco style cinema featuring a Wurlitzer 3Manual/6Ranks organ with an illuminated console. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. There was also a café for the convenience of its patrons.

The cinema was never sub-divided, and was taken over by Star Cinemas chain in 1967 and re-named Studio One. It was closed in August 1982 and was demolished in 1985.

An old people’s home stands on the site now and bears it’s name as "Embassy Court"

The Embassy Cinema in not too far away Braintree (architects Leslie Kemp & Tasker-1935) also had a similar history to the Maldon Embassy, but has survived and operates today as a JD Wetherspoon pub.

Contributed by Gary Davies, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

A photograph of the Embassy Cinema’s Wurlitzer organ console:

execelsior on October 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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madorganplayer on January 9, 2018 at 3:34 pm

Wurlitzer organ was a three manual six rank instrument.Removed to a residence in Capel st Mary near Ipswich with an odd arrangement of the console in the house and the pipework in a building at the end of the garden.The organ was mic`d up and the sound fed through leslie speakers in the house.The owner then emigrated to South Africa but only took part of the organ with him.

Biffaskin on July 15, 2021 at 7:55 am

Opening date was 19/03/1936.

Ron Knee
Ron Knee on June 10, 2023 at 8:20 am

As this was the first cinema to be built by David Nye, Shipman & King engaged Leslie Kemp FRIBA as consulting Architect for the Embassy Maldon. Kemp was engaged by S&K for their new cinema Embassy Braintree the previous year. Leslie H Kemp Collection. Ron Knee

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