Corner Cinema

820 Seven Sisters Road,
London, N15 5PQ

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Previously operated by: Ben Jay's Circuit

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Corner Picture Palace, Corner Picture Theatre

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Corner Picture Theatre

Opened in April 1911 as the 450-seat Corner Picture Palace, operated by Whitechapel Wharf Co. Ltd. It was located in the north London inner city district of South Tottenham, on the south west corner of Seven Sisters Road at the junction of Tottenham High Road. It had a prominent position at this busy intersection and the corner entrance of the building had elaborate decorations, surmounted by a dome on top. Seating was provided in stalls and a small balcony area.

By 1926 it had been renamed Corner Picture Theatre and had been taken over by Ben Jay who operated several other local cinemas and in 1938 Davies Cinemas were the operators.

It closed on 27th August 1960 with a double bill typical of its usual programmes over the years; Burt Lancaster in “The Flame and the Arrow” and Randolph Scott in “Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend”.

It was converted into an independently run bingo hall which operated for only a few years. It was then converted into a music club, named Club Noreik and hosted many ‘name’ stars of their day, including: Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, The Who, The Animals, The ‘In’ Crowd, Freddie & The Dreamers, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Zoot Money and his Big Roll Band, The Hollies, The Pretty Things. Many of these playing on ‘All Night Raves’. Keeping the Noreik name, it later became a nightclub, frequented mainly by blacks, and this finally closed in 1979. The building lay closed and boarded up until it was demolished in June 1980.

An office block for local Council use named Apex House was built on the site in 1988. This was demolished in late-2017 and a 19-storey tall block of flats named Apex Gardens has been built on the site.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Jeremy Buck
Jeremy Buck on August 25, 2009 at 11:51 am

Here’s a poster advertising The Who at Club Noreik on Saturday March 13th 1965. They had also appeared on January 23rd. Gene Vincent appeared there on August 15th 1964 according to genevincentuk website.

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Doolally on August 25, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Where did it get the name ‘Noreik’ from?

Jeremy Buck
Jeremy Buck on August 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Hi Doolally, I have tried to research that but can’t find much. I believe that Noreik is a fairly common surname in Norway…maybe the owner had Norwegian connections!!

exciterlamp on September 18, 2009 at 10:26 am

It is Kieron backwards.

Doolally on September 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Kevin, so it is!

ouy knaht!

Jeremy Buck
Jeremy Buck on September 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm

And thanks to Kevin’s lead, I discovered that Kieron was the name of the son of the club’s owner, Laurie Boost, who was the business partner of Laurie Jay.

laurieboost on January 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Hi Laurie Boost Jnr here, the Club Noreik did indeed get its name from my brother Kierons name backwards. The club was compulsory purchased in the late 70s for redevelopment.

exciterlamp on February 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hi Laurie. I don’t suppose that you have any photos of the inside of the Corner even as a club? I started at St Ignatius College, Stamford Hill, in 1959 and used to look at the stills outside the Corner, though I never went in. It closed not long after. I remember that a couple of doors up there was a sweet shop, where they made delicious sweets on the premises. Happy days!

Jeremy Buck
Jeremy Buck on February 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Hi Kevin, this clip of Club Noreik is on youtube, but you don’t see much of the interior:

Best wishes, Jeremy

Buffer on February 9, 2016 at 3:11 pm

An affectionate tribute to this cinema was broadcast on Radio 4 at 11.30am on 11th March, 2003. I taped it. The date and last film agree with that given above.

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