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New kent Road

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:52 pm
by bermondseyboy
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Trocadero New Kent Road 1930 to 1963

New Kent Road 1930 to 1963
Designed by George Coles
After the demolition in 1963 a smaller cinema was built on part of site.

The Odeon
Designed by Arno Goldfinger
This was then demolished in 1988
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Odeon new kent road 1966

Quentin Maclean on wurlitzer 1930.jpg
Quentin Maclean on wurlitzer 1930

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Trocadero demoltion

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Trocadero plaque

Trocadero new kent road Plaque
Laid by Denis Norden

The Trocadero Super Cinema, New Kent Road, Elephant & Castle, Southwark

Trocadero new kent road

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:22 pm
by rodebdon
Listening To Radio 3 the other day I was pleased to hear the Trocadero at the Elephant and Casle mentioned, not something you expect to hear on Radio 3.
The topic was the Mighty Wurlitzer. After the Vandals went to work again and pulled down the old Cinema the organ went to South Bank University, It has now found a more suitable home. Fully restored
and instaled The Troxy Cinema Comercial Road. I think this would be well worth a visit.
I have some memories of hearing Cinema Organs but nothing specific. Do any of you remember hearing them.

Re: Trocadero new kent road

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:55 am
by kiwi
Hi Rod, I can remember the Trocadero Wurlitzer, mainly played by William Arthur Davies (25th Jun 1921- 2nd March 2006). He also played at various cinemas including, in 1960, the first organ broadcast in stereo, from the Trocadero at Elephant & Castle. I can also remember hearing an Organ in the Astoria Old Kent Road, especially on Saturday mornings.” You come along on Saturday mornings”
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Trocadero Wurlitzer 1960.


Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:28 am
by kiwi
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Horse Auction,New Kent Road,c 1947.
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Arch St, no longer there, ran off Meadow Row.


Posted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:45 pm
by fosney
Thanks to crosby34 for the aerial view of the Bricklayers Arms area - so lets stay in this area again.
On the lower left of the picture we can see the Paragon School and to the north side of New Kent Road the then Girls Grammar School.
In the late 1800s in this area stood the Paragon to the south side of New Kent Road and to the north side Union Crescent.
Micheal Searles the architect for the development lived in the first house of the Paragon and his name is commemorated with the nearby Searles Road named after him.
The whole lot was demolished in the early 1900s to make way for the Paragon School and the Girls Grammar School.
Paragon School closed in the 1980s and is now a residential development while the Cirls Grammar School is now the C of E School of St Saviours and St Olaves.
The old gates of the Paragon stood for many years in New Kent Road but were lost with the development of the flyove


Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:16 am
by fosney
New Kent Road

Picture by fosney from forum

Another old building that has been lost for ever is St Andrews Church New Kent Road which stood on the site now occupied by the BP Service Station.
Made redundant by the Church of England in the 1950s it became South London Camping Warehouse untill being destroyed by fire and replaced by the Service Station all that remains is the old Vicarage
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St Andrews Church New Kent Road

Re: New kent road

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:54 pm
by bermondseyboy
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Elephant Theatre New Kent Road 1879
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ABC Cinema 1960

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ABC Cinema New Kent Road 1966
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Coronet New Kent Road

Am I missing something here? Did the Designer have a mental block?
To me this looks like a ships cargo create that has been dumped on top of a building?

The Elephant and Castle Theatre, 24-28 New Kent Road, Southwark, London
Later - The ABC / Coronet Cinema / The Coronet Theatre

Re: New kent road

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:55 pm
by kiwi
Seeing the picture of the ABC (Coronet) Cinema, Elephant & Castle, reminds me of the first time I took my then girlfriend to the pictures (1959).
Talk about making a good impression it was a complete disaster. Flash suit, tie and all the rest of it, talk about “jack the lad”. Half way through the film at The ABC (Coronet) Elephant & Castle, it’s going really good, ice cream, peanuts; I guess I'm the last of the big spenders.
Then all hell breaks loose, through one of the exit doors a crowd of yobs, letting off fireworks then a fire extinguisher causing havoc, then out through the other exit, but before that the lights come on and in passing by me and the girlfriend, their shouting out how yer going Ray. Well there’s only so far you can slide down a seat before you fall off, then the manager spots me sitting there, recognises me because we had done the same thing many times before and he chucks me and the girlfriend (now wife) out. You can imagine how I felt, so much for the good impression but it worked out all right we are still together. It was probable the first time I had paid to get into the pictures and we got chuck out, sods law I suppose.

Re: New kent Road

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:33 pm
by kiwi
Briefly opened during the Olympics (July/August 2012) as the pop up JJ Korean Restaurant and Bar but has remained shut since October 2012. At least the Fish Bar brightens it up.
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Crown & Anchor, 116 New Kent Road
CROWN & ANCHOR on the corner of Rodney Place. 2012

Re: New kent Road

Posted: Sun May 14, 2017 4:47 am
by kiwi
Trocadero Cinema in the Elephant and Castle, a bingo session in progress, circa 1960..jpg
Trocadero Cinema in the Elephant and Castle, a bingo session in progress, circa 1960.

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