Picture House

Beaver Road,
Ashford, TN23

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Architects: A.E. Jackson, A.E. Lacey

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Royal Cinema de Luxe, Cinema de Lux, The Cinema

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Picture House

Located in Ashford, Kent. The Royal Cinema de Luxe was opened on 24th June 1912 with “Christopher Columbus”. Designed by architect A.E. Lacey, seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It had a 30 feet wide proscenium and a 20 feet deep stage that had a shell-shaped roof to improve acoustics. There were three dressing rooms. In 1917 a 3Manual ‘straight’ organ with 18 speaking stops was installed.

In 1935, architect A.E. Jackson was engaged to remodel the cinema, and it was given an Art Deco style inside to the plans of Interior designers Mollo & Egan. The side splay walls beside the proscenium were painted with a foliage design. The exterior was also given an Art Deco style redesign. It re-opened on 14th January 1936 as The Cinema.

It was twinned in April 1985 and was re-named Picture House. In May 1987 it was tripled. The Picture House was closed in 1992 and was demolished to make way for the Ashford International Railway Station.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

Ian on August 31, 2012 at 8:50 am

Two photos of the Picture House here from 1990:–



Mike_Blakemore on August 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

That was quick Ian.. Thought I’d beat ya :o)

Buffer on January 2, 2020 at 5:29 am

The view of the Cinema is dated 1985. The cinema had to make way for the International station and closed in 1992.

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