Court Cinema

268 Tottenham Court Road,
London, W1T 5AQ

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Previously operated by: London and Provincial Electric Theatres Ltd.

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Court Electric Theatre, Court Imperial Playhouse

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Court Cinema

The Court Electric Theatre opened in October 1911 by the London and Provincial Electric Theatres Ltd. It had a Classical style façade, with a central pediment. Seating was provided on a single floor. By 1915 it had been re-named Court Imperial Playhouse.

In later years, the Court Cinema was screening sex films and was closed by the authorities in March 1928 after it screened a controversial film which had not been passed by the British Board of Film Censors (although it had been passed by the London County Council).

The Court Cinema was demolished and the new Dominion Theatre was built on an enlarged site, opening in July 1930. The foyer of the Dominion Theatre is where the Court Cinema was located.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 12, 2009 at 10:36 am

A vintage postcard view of Tottenham Court Road showing the Court Cinema on the right:

DavidZornig on December 11, 2019 at 7:31 am

Photo added. The Court Theatre in 1927, a year or two before being torn down to build the Dominion. Credit: Stockholm Transport Museum Photo, courtesy of the Who Knows East – Old Photographs Facebook page.

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