Corn Exchange Cinema

High Street,
Colchester, CO1 1JW

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Functions: Bank

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Albert Hall

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19 Oct 2012

Located in Colchester, Essex. The Corn Exchange was built in 1844, and opened in April 1845. It screened its first films in 1908, but over the years it was used as a technical school, an art gallery and a repertory theatre. In the early-1930’s it was converted into the Corn Exchange Cinema. It operated as a cinema until 1946.

Owned by Colchester Council, it was re-named Albert Hall and was used by the Colchester Repertory Company until 1972.

It was purchased by the Co-Operative bank and was converted into one of their bank branches.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on September 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm

There is additional information about the theatre here.

Maizie on March 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

This venue was never used for roller skating. Roller skating was in the ‘newer’ Corn Exchange (built in the late 19th C) further along the High Street, near to the Town Hall. As the link in the previous comment notes, as ‘The Albert Hall’ this building housed the Colchester Repertory Company which put on a play every week until the new Colchester theatre opened in 1972. I went to many theatre performances there as a child and teenager in the 1950s and 1960s.

doriankelly on August 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

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