Tudor Cinema

Hosey Hill,
Westerham, TN16

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Styles: Tudor Revival

Previous Names: Swan Picture Hall

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Tudor Cinema

Located in Westerham, just outside the south-eastern limits of Greater London. The Swan Picture Hall was a conversion of a former brewery and opened on 4th March 1914. It was designed in a Tudor Revival style with a half-timbered fa├žade. Inside the auditorium most of the seating was on the stalls level, but there were two small balconies on each side of the projection box, which protruded into the auditorium. Initially, it was a 16mm operation, but went over to 35mm in later years.

In 1956, it was re-named Tudor Cinema, and it was closed at the end of 1963. There were plans proposed to re-open the cinema in Spring 1964, but the front section of the building was badly damaged in an arson attack on 2nd April 1964. The remains of the building were demolished in 1970.

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cinevariety on April 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

My parents had a beautiful house in Ightham. The Tudor advert for a weeks show was “Lady Chatterly’s Lover” I remember getting on my moped and going all that way just to see the film. It was a lovely cosy cinema and today would have shown art house films.

HJHill on April 9, 2023 at 4:37 am

The opening was Wednesday 4 March 1914. The report in the local newspaper described it as a converted brewery building.

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