Lawn Theatre

High Street,
Skegness, PE25 3NR

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Previous Names: Lawn Electric Picturehouse

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Lawn Theatre

In the Lincolnshire seaside resort of Skegness, the Lawn Electric Picturehouse opened some time prior to 1911. Bass Brewery had opened it as an extension of their Hildreds Hotel, situated at the “top end” of the High Street, and Fred Clements took over the lease in 1911. (It was not listed in the 1914 Kinematograph Year Book.)

By 1921 the lease had been taken over by Henry de Mond. He was listed as the proprietor and manager in the 1927 Kinematograph Year Book, by which time the cinema was known as the Lawn Theatre, and was operating on cine-variety.

Mr de Mond installed a Morrison (or Marshall, sources vary) sound system in 1931, but the Lawn Theatre closed in 1934, unable to compete with the Parade Cinema which had opened in December 1933 (see separate Cinema Treasures entry).

The building was demolished in February 1935 to make way for an extension for the hotel to provide a ballroom.

In 1987 Hildreds Hotel was demolished. Hildreds Shopping Centre stands on the site at the end of the High Street.

Contributed by David Simpson
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