Carlton Cinema

182 High Street,
London, E17

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Architects: J. Williams Dunsford

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Carlton Cinema Theatre

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Carlton Cinema

Located in the east London district of Walthamstow, on High Street at the corner of Colebrook Road. The Carlton Cinema Theatre was opened on 13th November 1913. It was a particularly fine building, with a white stone front that had an open balcony at first floor level above the entrance. Inside the foyer there was carpeted floor, oak panelled walls and antique lighting fixtures.

In 1925, a straight organ manufactured by Roy Huntington of Walthamstow was installed. Always independently operated, the Carlton Cinema was renovated in 1959, and was closed on 20th March 1964 with Elvis Presley in "Love in Las Vegas" and Richard Harrison in "Gladiators Seven".

The front part of the building was demolished and the auditorium was converted into a supermarket. It was demolished in 1986, and the site has been re-developed.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on May 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I wonder why the distributor found it necessary to alter the title of the Presley film from “Viva Las Vegas” (its American title) to “Love in Las Vegas”? Were they afraid British patrons would think it was a documentary?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

The former Carlton Cinema, photograph in June 1995, awating its demolition in 1986. (note the metal sheeted front of the building was a replacement to the former decorative cinema facade):
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CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

This webpage (scroll down a bit) has a picture of the Carlton with its original facade: View link

CSWalczak on June 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I don’t think the picture of the Carlton Theatre that shows it playing ‘A Privatee’s Affair" is the Carlton Theatre to which this entry refers if one looks at either of the pictures at the links in the comments above.

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