Broadway Cinema

Broad Street,
Bungay, NR35 1EE

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Previous Names: Mayfair Cinema

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Broadway Cinema

In the Suffolk town of Bungay, the Mayfair Cinema opened in 1937 with Fred Astaire in “Shall We Dance”. The 1953 Kinematograph Year Book lists 507 seats; this had reduced to 400 by the time of the 1980 Cinema Theatre Association’s ‘Directory of Cinemas’.

In 1980 Vincent Waring is shown as the proprietor. Gordon Chapman took over in the late-1980’s. His death in early-1999 led to the sale of the building and the subsequent closure of the cinema.

In 2000 local councillors approved a redevelopment scheme to build flats on the site. The building was still awaiting its fate at the beginning of 2004, but has since been demolished and replaced by housing.

Contributed by David Simpson

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Biffaskin on December 5, 2023 at 10:06 am

First film shown was Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in “Shall We Dance”, it was built for Vincent Waring. Cine-Bingo operated whilst operating under the Mayfair name, this ceased in 1988 when Vincent sold the cinema to Gordon Chapman, a refuse collector that operated the cinema in the latter years single-handed. A fall in the foyer in late 1998 lead to his untimely passing in early 1999.

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