Embassy Cinema

354 Pinner Road,
North Harrow, HA2 6DZ

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Previously operated by: Associated British Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: Stephen H. Egan, William S. Emden, T.C. Ovenston

Firms: Emden & Egan

Styles: Egyptian

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Embassy Cinema

Located on the northwest side of Pinner Road at the corner of Imperial Drive/Station Road, close to North Harrow Underground(tube) Station. The Embassy Cinema was opened on 14th October 1928 by actress Betty Balfour, with John Breedon in “Movietone Follies of 1929” on the screen. It was built for the Pinner Cinema Co. Ltd. The architectural firm of Emden & Egan designed the cinema, with their supervising architect T.C. Overstone being in charge. The cinema had a cafe attached, for the convenience of its patrons and a car park for 200 cars.

It was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in May 1936, and by 1939 had become the ABC’s second-run cinema in the Harrow area (their Dominion Cinema in the centre of Harrow being first-run).

ABC Cinemas closed the Embassy Cinema on 11th May 1963 with Bette Davis in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" and William Schallert in "Philbert"(Three’s a Crowd).

It was demolished and a 10-pin bowling alley and Safeway supermarket was built on the site. This too was demolished in April 2006, and a gymnasium and block of flats was built on the site in 2008.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 30, 2009 at 11:54 am

A photograph of the Embassy Cinema in 1962:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 30, 2009 at 12:11 pm

A vintage photograph of the Embassy Cinema in 1946:
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Ron Knee
Ron Knee on June 29, 2018 at 4:38 am

The Embassy was opened on Monday October 14th 1928 by Betty Balfour. The main feature film was ‘Movietone Follies of 1929'The resident Embassy Symphony Orchestra
conductor was Norbert Hornik. The Embassy café was open from 10 am – 10pm and served luncheons, teas and suppers. A large car park held over 200 cars for Cinema and Café patrons.

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