Crystal Palace is getting a cinema back – for the first time in almost 50 years.
Everyman Cinemas are set to acquire the building at 25 Church Road – which closed as a cinema in 1968 -subject to them getting a full premises licence with alcohol for the premises.
The FOUR-SCREEN cinema could be showing films within a year.
More details as and when we get them.
(On a personal note: As a local journalist I had always stayed out of local campaigns – until 2009 when I heard that a church had acquired the former cinema building at 25 Church Road.
My immediate reaction as a film buff was: “Stuff that I want a ******* cinema.”
An item appeared on local social media. Charlie was organising a meeting in the Royal Albert on Westow Hill. So I went round and asked Bernie the licensee about it.
He didn’t know anything about a meeting, didn’t know anyone called Charlie.
The meeting eventually took place. Around 45 people turned up to the Royal Albert. All of them, with two exceptions, were new faces.
The Picture Palace Campaign was formed.
In October that year the Picture Palace Campaign organised a public meeting in the old ballroom of the Queen’s hotel on Church Road.
I’ll be honest I thought we might just get the proverbial three men and a dog. The more optimistic among my fellow campaigners said we’d get 300, maybe 500.
1,000 people turned up.
A Bromley council planning sub-committee threw out Kingsway International Christian Centre’s plans to turn the building into a church ONLY on the casting vote of the chairman.
Other moves by KICC to keep the building into some sort of church followed. They failed.
Thank you to everyone who signed petitions. delivered cards through peoples letterboxes, came to meetings; councillors and MP’s past and present (of all parties) who supported us.
I’m writing this with tears in my eyes. For me, no more waiting at bus stops in Brixton, Beckenham or Bromley.
For everyone: A CINEMA FOR CRYSTAL PALACE.
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