Prince's Cinema

Westlode Street,
Spalding, PE11 2AD

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Architects: Alan W. Ruddle

Functions: Youth Center

Previous Names: Picture House, Princess' Cinema

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Prince's Cinema

The Picture House opened on 8th February 1912. Electricity was generated on the premises by a gas engine driving a dynamo. Like many others, it closed for the summer in July and reopened in August or September. A British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system was installed in 1931 and the cinema renamed Princess' Cinema. The proscenium width is given as 38ft. In September 1933 it was re-named Prince’s Cinema, In 1937 the Savoy Cinema was built alongside and the Prince’s Cinema was closed on 2nd June 1937, a week before the Savoy Cinema opened. The final film was “Southern Roses” starring George Robey. It never reopened, but was still listed in the Kinematograph Yearbook of 1944.

In 2003 it was a Youth Centre and is still so in 2015.

Contributed by Harry Rigby
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