Astoria Cinema

65 The Broadway,
Chesham, HP5 1BX

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Previously operated by: Lou Morris, Shipman & King Cinemas Ltd.

Functions: Drugstore

Previous Names: Chesham Palace Cinema, Palace Cinema

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Astoria Cinema

Located in the centre of Chesham, Buckinghamshire. The Chesham Palace Cinema was opened on 26th June 1914. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It had an 18 feet wide proscenium, a 14 feet deep stage, and two dressing rooms.

In 1930, it was re-named Astoria Cinema and it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system. By 1934 it was operated by Lou Morris. By 1938, it was operated by the Shipman & King circuit. S & K operated the Astoria Cinema until it closed on 23rd May 1959 with James Cagney in “Never Steal Anything Small” and Audie Murphy in “No Name on the Bullet”.

It was taken over by the London Co-Operative Society as a furniture store until 1981. In recent years, the fa├žade has been rebuilt, and now with a glazed frontage, it operates as a Superdrug store.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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