Open - alternate use

Former cinema buildings which have been converted to an alternative use, such as pubs or shops.

Opera House Tunbridge Wells

The Opera House, as its name suggests, was not originally a cinema at all, but in common with the ABC and two other cinemas in the town was operated for a time by Union Cinemas. According to Mervyn Collard, the building was still in use as a theatre in the days when it showed films and hence films were back-projected from the rear of the stage.

Opera House Tunbridge Wells 2006 - front
Opera House Tunbridge Wells 2006 - front
Opera House Tunbridge Wells 2006 - front
Opera House Tunbridge Wells 2006 - front

Hippodrome Brighton

Mainly used as a theatre, but this has a place on the BrightonFilm.com list as it showed films at weekends, so we'll make an exception. Later acquired by Rank's Mecca Bingo - an odd purchase, given that Rank had four Odeon cinemas (excluding the multiplex) in the town which it chose to demolish rather than convert to bingo.

Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - exterior (scaffolding)
Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - exterior (scaffolding)
Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - mosaic detail

West's Picture Palace

Guildford's first cinema opened in the Constitutional Hall in 1909. The building later served as a second-hand bookshop and now sells furniture.

West's Picture Palace, Guildford 2006 - exterior
West's Picture Palace, Guildford 2006 - BFI centenary plaque

Cannon Gloucester

The Regal cinema (later the ABC Regal, and then the Cannon) was the last of Gloucester's picture palaces and sits in a prime location in Gloucester's King's Square. Modified for theatrical and concert use and then later tripled by EMI, it ceased to be commercially viable in 1988.

Cannon (ABC Regal) Gloucester 2004 - front

Odeon Gloucester

The Gloucester Odeon was the surviving half of a Rank-owned double-act in Eastgate Street; during rationalisation in 1961, the nearby Gaumont (formerly the Hippodrome) was closed down and demolished three years later. Starting off life in 1935 as the Plaza, owned by the Poole circuit (which explains the lack of the distinctive Odeon architectural features) the cinema itself was so commercially disastrous by the 1970s that rather than triple it (or make it seven-way, as in nearby Cheltenham), Rank applied to turn it into a bingo hall, which it remains today.

Odeon Gloucester 2006 - front
Odeon Gloucester 2006 - front
Odeon Gloucester 2006 - front

The Daffodil

A subsequent conversion to a restaurant has preserved the beautiful Art Deco-style Daffodil cinema in magnificent condition, complete with barrel-vaulted ceiling, balcony and proscenium. A photograph of the auditorium in its original form hangs in the foyer but really no imagination at all is required to picture it in its heyday. (See The Daffodil restaurant website for contemporary interior photographs.)

The Daffodil, Cheltenham 2006 - front
The Daffodil, Cheltenham 2006 - front
The Daffodil, Cheltenham 2006 - front (night)