Gaumont Rushey Green

141-145 Rushey Green,
London, SE6 2EF

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Previously operated by: Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: Stephen H. Egan, William S. Emden

Firms: Emden & Egan

Styles: Neo-Classical, Tudor Revival

Previous Names: Queen's Hall Cinema

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Gaumont and Eros Cinema in 1959

The Queen’s Hall Cinema was opened on 11th December 1913 with Georges Treville in “The Speckled Band”. It was located on Rushey Green, just to the south side of Brownhill Road, in the southeast London district of Catford. It was sited adjacent to the Lewisham Hippodrome Theatre, later known as the Eros Cinema, which was located on the corner of Brownhill Road and Rushey Green (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

The Queen’s Hall Cinema had a stone arched entrance which had a wooden tiled cupola on top. The foyer was decorated in a mock Tudor style, with oak timber ceiling and wood panelled walls. The auditorium was decorated in an Empire style, with seating provided in stalls and circle levels.

It was taken over by the independent company Catford Cinemas in 1920. In March 1928 it was taken over by Denman/Gaumont Theatres. Still operating as the Queen’s Hall Cinema, it wasn’t until 5th September 1954, that it was re-named Gaumont.

The Gaumont was closed by the Rank Organisation on 14th November 1959 with Kenneth Moore in "North West Frontier" and "Honeymoon Island". It was demolished in July 1960, together with the adjacent Eros Cinema and an office block named Eros House was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

The Gaumont, with the adjacent Eros Cinema on the left, photographed in their closing week November 1959:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 2, 2009 at 2:55 pm

A vintage photograph of the Queen’s Hall Cinema in 1946:
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rivest266 on July 29, 2021 at 8:28 am

Grand opening ad posted.

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