Electric Picture Palace

329 Mare Street,
London, E8 1HY

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Electric Picture Palace

Located in the east London inner-city district of Hackney. The Electric Picture Palace was opened in 1909, and was a shop conversion that was located at the corner of Mare Street and Graham Road. An unusual feature of the Electric Picture Palace was the position of the screen, which was midway across the auditorium, so patrons sitting at the rear would see the films correctly, while those patrons sitting on the other side of the screen would see the films backwards. (There was a similar mid-auditorium screen in the Arcadia Picture Palace, Wood Street, Walthamstow). The Electric Picture Palace remained open until at least 1914. It was operated by A.J. Gale, who at that time also operated three other local cinemas.

The cinema was later demolished due to the widening of Graham Road, although traces of the right-hand side of the building remained until around 2001, when a new building was built on the small site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 17, 2009 at 12:31 am

A vintage photograph c.1914, with the Electric Picture Palace on the left:
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