P & O Bioscope

61 High Street,
Dartford, DA1 1DJ

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P & O Bioscope

In Dartford, Kent, around 1908, this very early picture house, the P & O Bioscope, opened in premises previously occupied by Lipton’s Ltd, who moved to the other end of the High Street.

Admission was one penny, and there were performances each evening showing the “very latest subjects”. Seats could be reserved, and lucky patrons had a chance of winning a weekly five shillings (25p) prize.

The P & O Bioscope was very short-lived as, by 1911, Thomas Latter, a ‘fancy goods dealer’, was operating from No. 61.

At some stage the building was demolished. Much more recently, J. D. Wetherspoon operated The Paper Moon public house on the site, but they vacated the building, and it became Efes Turkish restaurant.

Contributed by David Simpson
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