Leisure => Cinema, Theatre, Radio & Filming => Topic started by: smiffy on May 19, 2017, 17:11:47

Title: National Electric Theatre, Chatham
Post by: smiffy on May 19, 2017, 17:11:47
This is a rather charming picture of the National Electric Theatre dating from 1913 with the staff posing outside. It opened around 1911 and was specifically designed as a cinema, costing 3,500 to construct and with seating for 600. I wouldn't be surprised if there used to be more staff in attendance at this one cinema than you get at a modern multiplex. It closed as a cinema in 1950 and still exists as retail premises, standing opposite Primark.

Continuous performance 2 till 10.30

Ticket prices: Balcony and Stalls - 6d  Orchestra stalls - 3d  Children - 3d and 2d

On Saturdays, the first two rows of the balcony were 1/-

The large posters visible are for the film "The Battle at Elderbush Gulch", directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Mae Marsh and Lillian Gish.
Title: Re: National Electric Theatre, Chatham
Post by: conan on May 19, 2017, 23:02:17
The film is a good one, a true cowboy and Indian epic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k92jpf0eBAs
Title: Re: National Electric Theatre, Chatham
Post by: Lutonman on May 20, 2017, 12:39:46
Are you sure of the location Smiffy?
Primark is now where Woolworths used to be and the Pentagon is directly opposite. TKmax is now where Primark used to be but the building opposite does not appear to fit the architecture in your picture very well.
Title: Re: National Electric Theatre, Chatham
Post by: Bryn Clinch on May 20, 2017, 13:14:48
The first floor seems to match fairly well on Google Earth!
Title: Re: National Electric Theatre, Chatham
Post by: Lutonman on May 20, 2017, 14:24:37
Thanks Bryn Clinch, Primark is even bigger now and has the old BHS as well, did not look that far!
Title: Re: National Electric Theatre, Chatham
Post by: smiffy on May 20, 2017, 14:58:48
I originally wrote "standing opposite what used to be BHS" but thought some people wouldn't know where that was!
Title: Re: National Electric Theatre, Chatham
Post by: Lutonman on May 20, 2017, 17:08:03
I have been a bit slow but got there in the end. I rarely go into Chatham these days.
Title: Re: National Electric Theatre, Chatham
Post by: smiler on May 22, 2017, 12:51:14
Don`t think TKmax is where Primark used to be, possibly M & S.