Ace Cinema

106 High Street,
Queenborough, ME11 5AG

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Architects: Marshall Harvey

Previous Names: Royal Picturedrome, Queens Cinema

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Ace Cinema

Located in Queenborough, near Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. The Royal Picturedrome was an adaptation of a Georgian house, and opened in 1912. It was gutted by fire on 29th May 1918.

It was rebuilt to the plans of Sittingbourne based architect Marshall Harvey. It opened as the Queens Cinema on 15th November 1920. Seating was provided for 723, with 570 in the stalls and 153 in the circle. The proscenium was 20 feet wide.

The Queens Cinema was closed in April 1936, but was taken over by a new operator and re-opened on 12th October 1936 with “Broadway Melody” which was released in 1929! It had been equipped with an AWH sound system.

In 1946 it was re-named Ace Cinema. It was closed in 1954. The building became a print works and after that closed it became derelict. It has since been demolished and a house built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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