Market Theatre

Market Square,
Aylesbury, HP20 1TW

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Previously operated by: London & District Cinemas Ltd.

Firms: Taylor & White

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Market Theatre

Located in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The Market Theatre was behind what is now the Green Man public house on the Market Square. Access to the theatre was through the arch in the left of the fa├žade of the pub. The Market Theatre was opened on 21st January 1911 with 400 seats, but the Kinematograph Year Book 1914 has it with 600-seats. It was operated by the Aylesbury Electric Theatre Co. It was destroyed by fire on Easter Saturday 1924.

The Market Theatre was rebuilt to the plans of architectural firm Taylor & White and re-opened on 22nd December 1924 with 648 seats. KYB 1931 indicates that RCA sound has been installed and that the venue presents “Varieties and Pictures”. The proprietor is C. Crocker. By 1937 it was operated by the London & Distric Cinemas Ltd. chain. KYB 1942 indicates the seating as 648 and “Varieties” is omitted.

It was listed in the KYB for 1944 as (Closed) and there is no mention of this theatre in the 1947 and 1954 editions of KYB, although it had re-opened in 1953 as the New Market Theatre. This was a short lived venture as it was closed in 1954. The floor of the stalls was levelled and it became the Grosvenor Rink & Ballroom. Later known as the Borough Hall, it was closed in around 1980, and was later demolished.

Contributed by H J Hill

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HJHill on January 3, 2014 at 4:33 pm


The Kinematograph Year Book for 1914 has a “Supplementary List of Provincial Picture Theatres” which lists only the Market Theatre under Aylesbury. There were 600 seats and the proprietors were Aylesbury Electric Theatre Company.

Biffaskin on July 10, 2023 at 1:51 pm

The 1944 KYB has the cinema listed as closed.

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