311 Holdenhurst Road,
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Functions: Photography Studio
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Coronation Picture Palace
The Coronation Picture Palace opened on 27th June 1911. This was a very small cinema that I only visited one time. It had stalls and a small balcony. In 1928 it was equipped with a small 2 manual straight organ manufactured by Bedwell & Son. It was removed after 6 months due to vermin damage.
It was re-named Roxy Cinema in 1936 when it was operated by Harry P.E. Mears from 1940. It was closed by German bomb damage on 24th April 1944, and remained closed until 9th March 1950 when it reopened with Fred Astaire & Bing Crosby in “Blue Skies” & Charlie Ruggles in “Night Work”. Situated at the end of Holdenhurst Road near Boscombe there was little opportunity for passing trade. It was in Bournemouth cinema terms a bit of an oddity. The sightlines were good and despite the single visit I recall it as a lovely example of a small cinema. Sadly, I am unable to trace any pictures of the cinemas of my childhood in this wonderful town. The Roxy Cinema was closed on 25th August 1963 with Hardy Kruger in “Blind Date”.
In 1963 it was converted into a bingo club which closed in 1994. The building has become a photography studio.
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