Vista Cinema

19 Warminster Road,
Westbury, BA13

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Previously operated by: J.F. Emery Circuit

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Vista Cinema

Located in Westbury, Wiltshire. The Vista Cinema was opened in November 1920. Around 1930 it was equipped with an AWH sound system. The owner Mr. C. Rowe took over the Palace Cinema in Warminster. The Vista Cinema was operated by C. Rowe until 1948, when it was taken over by the J.F. Emery Circuit of Manchester. They operated it until 1955.

The Vista Cinema received second run Pathe News cross overs, from the Cardiff Vaults, in the early-1960’s. It was later independently operated and began part-time bingo in the early-1970’s, going over to full time bingo before 1980.

In late-1988, the building was damaged by fire and only the facade remained standing. It has since been demolished and a block of flats named Vista Court now stand on the site.

Contributed by Editha Pearce, Ken Roe

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dericbotham on January 9, 2011 at 12:40 am

I visited this rather sad little cinema in 1974 to see a showing of the film Woodstock. I recall that it was very tired and on its last legs. It showed films only three days a week the remainder was used for Bingo. The posters were designed locally in red and blue. On the night I visited there were about 20 patrons.

Biffaskin on December 3, 2022 at 10:01 am

Westbury Museum give the opening as being November 1920, one of the first films shown in a double bill was Charlie Chaplin in Roustabout. Also boasting a cafe lounge, the venue also presented plays, concerts, fundraising events and even the annual crowning of the town’s Carnival Queen. Vista Court, a block of flats, now stand on the site.

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