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

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

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

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

Elephant & Castle Odeon

Location: 1 New Kent Road

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).



Location: 1-17 New Kent Road

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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