Central Hall Picture Palace

306 Lee High Road,
London, SE13 5PJ

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Architects: Edward Albert Stone

Firms: Norfolk & Pryor

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Lee Picture Palace

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Central Hall Picture Palace

Located on Lee High Road at the corner of Bankwell Road in southeast London. The Lee Picture Palace opened on 26th April 1910, but initially did not have a Cinematograph licence to operate. The operator James Watt was fined, and the situation was rectified with the issue of a licence on 26th May 1910. Seating was provided in stalls and a small circle.

It was re-named Central Hall Picture Palace on 10th January 1916, and was closed on 5th May 1917. It had been requisitioned by the Ministry of Munitions, and was converted into a munitions factory. It never re-opened as a cinema, and after World War I ended in 1918, it was converted into retail use.

Later it became a car salesroom, which continued until 1981, when it became a caravan salesroom. The building was still standing in early-2007, but was demolished in 2008, and a medical centre with flats above was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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