Cannon Guildford

5 Woodbridge Road,
Guildford, GU1

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Previously operated by: Cannon Cinemas, Star Cinemas

Previous Names: Electric Cinema, Astor Cinema, Studio 1, Studio 1 & 2

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Cannon Guildford

Opened as the Electric Cinema on Boxing Day, 26th December 1911 -a conversion from a skating rink. Refurbished in 1927 with a café. In December 1959 it taken over by Gardner Cinemas and the name became Astor Cinema.

It became Studio Cinema 1 when Leeds based Star Cinemas chain took over on 22nd March 1970 with Peter Sellers in “The Magic Christian” & Christopher George in “Tiger by the Tail”. Star Cinemas twinned the cinema reopening it as Studio 1 & 2 on 3rd May 1971 with seating for 560 & 228 seats. Cannon took over Star Cinemas on 29th November 1985 and it was re-named Cannon 1 & 2. They planned modernisation in March 1988 but did not proceed due to cost, and the Cannon 1 & 2 was closed on 31st March 1988. The Flicks Nightclub took over the building in 1990. It had closed by 2012, and the building stood unused until it was demolished in March 2015.

Contributed by Martin Tapsell

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Ian on January 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm

A photo from 1991 when it was known as the Flicks – the Live Alternative:–


boristhebassman on April 7, 2015 at 7:06 am

Now demolished (March 2015). When I saw it a couple of years ago, there was a tree growing through the roof!

biglez on October 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

I started here as a projectionist when it was the astor

curzoncountrycinema on April 6, 2021 at 9:48 am

Did relief projection here when it was the ASTOR for Jimmy Gardner and when it was Studios ½ for Star

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