Kings Cinema

The King’s Cinema opened in 1911 under the name King’s Hall on a site between Old Market and Redcross Street. Upon his return from the First World War, Ralph Bromhead bought the cinema and completed a substantial renovation involving a new frontage, a wide foyer, a low canopy outside and ornate brass work in the doors. The King’s reopened in 1921 with a seating capacity of 1,500. Former residents remember the ‘posh’ cinema with awe.

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1917-01-01 00:00:00

Cary Grant

A young Archie Leach later to be known as actor Cary Grant operated the limelights at the Kings Cinema

1917-01-01 00:00:00

Bernie Mattock speaks about his Kings Cinema experiences

1929-11-27 21:00:33

Bristol's First

The King’s was the first Cinema in Bristol to feature talking movies.

1960-01-01 00:00:00

Working at the Kings Cinema

Mike Smith worked for three years as the Kings Cinema projectionist and recounts his experiences for us.

1976-12-04 23:17:39

Kings Cinema closes

The Kings Cinema closed on the 4th of December 1976 with a farewell double bill of X-rated movies ‘Hot Dreams’ and ‘Man Hungry’.

Kings Cinema

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