A Grand Day Out


Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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A Grand Day Out

Number of views as of 3rd June 2017 = 530.

The Grand Cinema Theatre in Westbourne, Bournemouth opened its doors on 18th December 1922 with a production of “Anthony and Cleopatra” performed on the stage. The following day, it screened its first film “A Prince of Lovers”.

The auditorium, complete with orchestra pit, had quite a unique feature, a sliding roof which could be opened in hot summer weather! The entrance was also topped by a revolving globe, which was illuminated at night.

Initially an independent cinema, it was taken over by Savoy Cinemas and became part of the original Associated British Cinemas(ABC) circuit. It was leased to Regent Cinemas for a brief spell in the 1930s before returning to ABC as the Grand Super Cinema.

It was taken over by an independent ‘Snape Entertainments’ in 1953 and they operated it as a full time cinema for a further 20-odd years.

The Grand screened its last film “In Love With Sex” on 8th October 1977 and since then has operated as an independent bingo hall. Shame!

Westbourne’s most famous resident was Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and part of Treasure Island whilst staying in Westbourne recovering from an illness.

Date: 14th September 2008.

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