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Royal Aquarium, Great Yarmouth
Cinema Address:
Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2DJ
Period of Thompson Ownership:
1931-1968
How Acquired by Thompson:
Bought and Converted
Architect/Design:
Designed by the Architects John Norton & Philip E Masey and originally opened as an aquarium in 1876. Converted into a theatre by the Architects Bottle & Olley in 1883 and renamed the Royalty Theatre. Another smaller theatre also opened in part of the building in 1925. Sold by Thompson company in 1968. Conversion into multi-screen cinemas in 1970. Part adapted for use a seasonal theatre in 1984. Thick glass tank fronts are said to remain behind the curtains in the main auditorium
Fate of the Cinema:
Still operates as Hollywood Cinema and nightclub (2015)
Site Links:
Arthur Lloyd
Location Accuracy: Accurate
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Information below is taken from The Kinematograph Yearbooks. The Page reference is from the following year’s edition, when information appeared. Additional information is in italics
Year Ownership Population Seating Capacity Other cinemas in town Manager Shows per day Changes Weekly Prices Variety/ Screen Sound System Other cinemas with sound Kinematograph Year Book reference
1931 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 5 WE All 417
1932 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 6 WE All 446
1933 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 6 WE All 472
1934 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 6 WE All 491
1935 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 6 Continuous WE All 505
1936 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 6 Continuous WE All 555
1937 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 6 Continuous WE All 578
1938 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 6 Continuous WE All 562
1939 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 6 Continuous WE All 499
1940 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 6 Continuous WE All 467
1941 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 5 Continuous WE All 466
1942 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 5 Continuous WE All 446
1943 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 5 Continuous WE All 452
1944 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 5 Continuous WE All 411
1945 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 4 Continuous WE All 457
1946 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 4 Continuous WE All 293
1947 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 4 Continuous WE All 307
1948 Royal Aquarium Ltd 56769 1500 4 Continuous WE All 321
1949 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous WE All 326
1950 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous WE All 316
1951 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous WE All 297
1952 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous WE 295
1953 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous WE 292
1954 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous WE 278
1955 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous CinemaScope WE 271
1956 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous CinemaScope WE 271
1957
1958-59 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous CinemaScope WE 273
1960 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 1500 4 Continuous CinemaScope WE 297
1961 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 4 WE 282
1962
1963 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 4 WE 275
1964
1965 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 4 WE 281
1966 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 52000 5 WE 270
1967 Thompson's Enterprises Ltd 52000 5 WE 254
1968 Royal Aquarium Ltd 52000 5 WE 244
1969 sold
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