Arts Cinema

a.k.a. Cosmopolitan Cinema


Photo courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection (Central Library)


Photo: Andrew Gale

Market Passage. Googling for "kinema" and "gwydir" suggested that this was built in 1866, which obviously pre-dates its use as a cinema.


Central

a.k.a. Odeon


Photo: Andrew Gale


Cineworld


Kinema


Photo courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection (Central Library)


Photo: Andrew Gale

Several accounts say that the rear exit to this cinema came out by Dale's clock, and that it was a common pastime to attempt to sneak in the rear entrance with the aid of a friend on the inside. The Pimbo books say (I think) that the projection box was only accessible by a ladder, and seeing the projectionist climb the ladder became a part of the show. Also, it suggests that this cinema was famed for showing westerns (check this).

Tony Jones told me that there was a distinct gap between the town hall entrance and the cinema.


New Theatre/Theatre Cinema

St. andrew's Street n.b. some disagreement over dates here


Playhouse Cinema


Photo courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection (Central Library)


Photo: Andrew Gale


Photo: Andrew Gale

Mill Road. Is this building the playhouse, or was that demolished? Do a google for "kinema" and "gwydir" and you'll see some suggestions that it was demolished, though the penny-bored wall still exists.

note: penny hole in the wall, due to kids lining up for Saturday matinees


Regal

a.k.a. ABC, Cannon, MGM, Virgin


Photo courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection (Central Library)


Photo: Andrew Gale


Photo: Andrew Gale


Rendezvous

a.k.a. Rex

a.k.a. County Rink Cinema

Magrath Avenue, behind Shire Hall


Tivoli


Photo courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection (Central Library)


Photo: Andrew Gale


Victoria Cinema

a.k.a. Electric Theatre


Photo courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection (Central Library)


Photo: Andrew Gale

The Victoria Assembly rooms - what were these, and when were they built? What was the former building (where the Electric was) before it became a cinema? Does it (or the facade) still exist, or is it now demolished? Ian Kitching suggests opened in 1910 and relocated in 1931.


Vue

a.k.a. Warner Village


History of 138 Gwydir Street (mentions Kinema with photo)

St. Barnabas Centenary Book - mentions Kinema (incl. entrance fee) and suggests that the Playhouse was demolished.

Quite a bit on cinema, including mention of Victoria, Arts Cinema and the Kinema.

Camra mention the redevelopment of the Kinema