Cameo Cinema

Grand Parade,
Skegness, PE25 2UE

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In the Lincolnshire resort of Skegness, the Pier opened in June 1881. At the time, it was the fourth longest in England, originally stretching for 1,844ft. When originally built, it was a T-shaped pier with a saloon/1,000-seat concert hall at the pier head. Steamboat trips ran from the pier to Norfolk until 1910.

In early-1947, the Cameo Cinema was built beneath the pier by the licensee, Coastal Enterprises, and a group of local businessmen.

It was a concrete structure, 81ft by 26ft, which used the pier platform as its roof. The screen was 9ft by 6ft.

What makes the Cameo Cinema unique is that it was the first exclusively 16mm cinema in England. It was intended for children’s shows, but newsreels were soon part of its programming. It opened on 5th April 1947.

The Cameo Cinema closed in the mid-1960’s. The space was taken over by a skating rink.

Contributed by David Simpson
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