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Castle Cinema (Official)
Previous Names: Castle Electric Theatre
The Castle Electric Theatre opened on 8th September 1913 in Homerton, a district of Hackney in the east of London. Total seating was provided for 619 in stalls and a small balcony area.
It was an independently operated cinema for most of its life. By 1927 the Castle Electric Cinema was operated by J.W. Barber. From mid-1943 it was operated by S.M. Super Cinemas Ltd. which was headed by W. Southan Morris. In 1954 S.M. Super Cinemas were taken over by the Newcastle-upon-Tyne based Essoldo Cinemas circuit and the Castle Cinema came under their management.
This was not to last too long though, as Essoldo closed down the Castle Cinema on 24th May 1958 with Jerry Lewis in “The Sad Sack” and Fernando Lamas in “Lost Treasure of the Amazon” (Jivaro).
The building became a glass factory, which was still in operation in 1973. It was converted into an independent bingo club which closed around 1979. It was then used as a storage warehouse until 1983, when it became a snooker club. In March 1994 a second floor had been extended across from the front of the balcony and the former stalls was in use as an independent bingo club, with a snooker club operating in the newly extended balcony area upstairs.
In April 2006, the building underwent a renovation internally and externally and became a snooker club on two levels known as Brookboss Snooker Club. In April 2014, the upstairs section was converted into an upscale bistro burger bar, while the downstairs is a Spar convenience store (mini-supermarket). In 2016 plans were proposed to convert part of the upstairs into an 80 seat cinema. The former extended balcony has been divided across, with one section a large 80-seat bar & restaurant, the other section now houses the cinema, which has retained the top portion of the former proscenium with its decorations. The 80 individual armchairs in the auditorium were originally in the 5* Churchill Hotel in central London. The Castle Cinema had a ‘soft’ launch in December 2016 screening Christmas themed films. It officially reopened on 3rd February 2017 with “La La Land”. On 15th February 2019 a second screen was opened in a convervsion of the former projection box & rewind room. It has 27 luxury seats (including 6 sofas).
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