I came across a note about the Parkhurst Cinema, whilst following up about the small short-lived cinema at the bottom of Seymour Road in Harringay. Since the Parkhurst was on a corner that many of us will be familiar with, I thought it was worth sharing here on HoL.
The Parkhurst Theatre is on the corner of Parkhurst Road with the Marlborough Theatre to its left.
The Parkhurst was built in 1890 and the Marlborough was completed in 1903 to plans by theatre architect Frank Matcham.
The Parkhurst Theatre was having picture shows by July 1908 closed as a live theatre in 1909. It was taken over by Biograph Theatres Ltd. and was converted into a cinema, opening in March 1909.
At the time, it was one of the two cinema theatres in the country managed by a woman.
The cinema was closed and demolished in 1926, and the Holloway Arcade was built on the site The arcade lasted until the end of the century, when it was demolished and housing was built on the site.
The Marlborough was also converted into a cinema by 1910. It was taken over by Odeon Theatres Ltd in 1940 and closed in 1957. Demolished five years later, it was replaced by 'The Marlborough Building', part of the City & Islington College.
Marlborough Theatre c1925
Holloway Arcade, looking up Parkhurst Road, c1955
The site today, Google Maps
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