Queens Cinema

4 Station Road,
Strood, ME2 4AX

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Functions: Auto Showroom, Beauty Salon, Café

Previous Names: Gem Cinema

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Queens Cinema

Located in Strood, near Rochester, Kent. The Gem Cinema was opened on 24th December 1910. By 1914 it was operated by S & C Goodman. In around 1932, it was re-named Queens Cinema. It closed as a cinema in April 1941, and then went over to live theatre use, presenting variety shows. Eventually this use ceased.

The building then went over to light industrial use, serving for a time as a crash repair shop and windscreen fitting service. In 2012, the foyer is a café, the former projection box above offers a tanning service, and the auditorium is a used car sale showroom.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

Buffer on February 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

Interior shows the proscenium arch as seen in 2003

Buffer on August 20, 2014 at 12:21 am

Apparently Strood was to get a new cinema provided by Rickenya Cinemas (See Gorlestone on Sea and Arundel) but the Second World War intervened.

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