Lost Theatres and Cinemas of the Elephant & Castle 


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Theatre Royal/Elephant & Castle Theatre /ABC/Coronet

Location: 24-28 New Kent Road

1872
Theatre Royal opened 
1878 Theatre Royal burnt down 
1879 Replaced by Elephant & Castle Theatre by Frank Matcham.



1920s
Photo of Elephant & Castle Theatre


  
1926 London After Dark film (Elephant & Castle Theatre from 1:00)
1928 Elephant & Castle Theatre became cinema - Theatre Royal
1932  Cinema rebuilt in Art Deco style for ABC by WR Glen.
1954 Theatre Royal now an ABC Cinema



1966 ABC Cinema rebuilt 



198? ABC Cinema became Canon cinema 
19?? Canon cinema became Coronet cinema
1999 Coronet closed down as a cinema.
2003 Coronet re-opened as music venue.


  
2017 Coronet closed

Elephant & Castle Cinematograph Theatre/Rialto

Location: 47-51 Walworth Road

1910
Elephant & Castle Cinematograph Theatre opened (800 seats)/
19?? Became Rialto
19?? Cinema closed/


Elephant & Castle Odeon

Location: 1 New Kent Road

1964-5
Odeon cinema by Erno Goldfinger built on part of site of Trocadero.


    
1982  Odeon  became a Coronet



1988 Cinema closed down (Metro Heights built on the site).

 


Trocodero

Location: 1-17 New Kent Road

1930
Trocodero opened (3.500 seats). Designed by George Coles Supercinema

   
Photo  of interior of  Trocadero



1935 Trocodero taken over by Gaumont



1953 Frank Sinatra appeared at the Trocadero
1956: Police were called to break up a crowd of teenagers following the showing of the film Rock Around The Clock at the Trocadero 


 
1958 Buddy Holly appeared at the Trocadero


    
1963 Trocodero closed
2008 Dennis Norden unveiled a plaque for Trocadero. Norden had been an assistan t manager there in 1940.

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