Pullman Cinema

404-408 Lee High Road,
London, SE12 8PZ

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Firms: H. Wakefield & Sons

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Imperial Picture Theatre, Savoy Cinema

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Pullman Cinema

Located in Lee Green, southeast London. The Imperial Picture Theatre opened on 6th December 1913. It was designed by architect H. Wakefield & Sons, and had a stone and brick facade, with columns and an elaborate pediment. Occasional variety was held on the 7 feet deep stage, and there was one dressing room.

It was taken over by new management on 17th June 1928 and re-named Savoy Cinema. It operated successfully for many years, and on 10th April 1955 it was re-named Pullman Cinema.

The Pullman Cinema was closed on 27th June 1959 with Robert Taylor in "The Law and Jake Wade" and Gordon Scott in "Tarzan and the Lost Safari". It was converted into a motor spare-parts shop, and then a shopfitters, before being demolished in October 1986. Part of a Sainsbury’s Superstore stands on the site today.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 27, 2009 at 8:32 am

The former Imperial/Savoy/Pullman Cinema, photographed in July 1983:
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MappMan on December 13, 2021 at 3:09 pm

The exterior can be seen in a 1959 episode of the “Scotland Yard” tv series (“The Dover Road Mystery”) when one of the criminals leaves the cinema. There’s also a shot of the foyer as the cashier signals to waiting police that the suspected criminal has left the building.

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