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.

The building is now a Wetherspoons pub - one of the earliest ones, in fact - and still retains a certain theatrical charm, with the circles and stage still intact. As with many Wetherspoons, there is a brief history of the building on one wall that mentions its use as a cinema.

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2006
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Roughwood has a fantastic collection of vintage photographs and postcards of Tunbridge Wells, including the Opera House - and with a bit of digital magic has managed to get much better shots of the front facade, too. (Roughwood happens to be run by a fellow former University of Surrey Elec Eng alumnus.)

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