Apollonian Cinema

52 Snargate Street,
Dover, CT17 9BZ

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Previous Names: People's Picture Palace

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Apollonian Cinema

Situated in Dover, Kent, this short-lived cinema occupied an upper room of the Apollonion Hotel.

It opened in 1911 as the People’s Picture Palace but, despite standing at a busy tramway curve known as Court’s Corner, it was apparently not very successful.

According to a reminiscence in the Dover Express, in 1974, the cinema was reached up a wooden staircase, and admission was one penny. Apparently, “a woman would thump out a tune on the piano while a man pointed out the words to the film [presumably the intertitles] with a black stick. When there was a song we used to sing our heads off!”

At some stage the cinema appears to have taken the hotel’s name, but all to no avail, and it soon closed; by 1925 the hotel’s owners, Kent Brewery Company, was using the room for dancing.

But even the hotel did not have long left, as it was demolished in the 1930’s.

Contributed by David Simpson

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rivest266 on July 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm

First mention came from the Dover Express on December 31st, 1909. Article posted.

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