Ashtead Cinema in Rural Surrey, 1912

Excerpts from  The Cinema News and Property Gazette, June 1912

“very desirable cinema property”  for  sale

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“This very desirable cinema property is at Ashtead, one of the prettiest and most frequented spots in rural Surrey. It is within three minutes walk of Ashtead Station (S.W.R. and L.B.R.), and a little more than five minutes from the famous Ashtead Woods, the favorite rendezvous of picnic parties.

“Ashtead is about a mile from Leatherhead, and the combined population is about 7,000, and this is the only picture palace in the district.  Such a rare opportunity of building up a fine and remunerative business seldom offers itself and am enterprising man with quite a moderate capital should do well.

“The Ashtead Cinema is fully equipped for picture shows; in the operator’s room is a brand-new Pathe lantern and rewinder and every other necessary. There is a Crypo transformer, gas radiators for heating the theatre, which is lighted by electricity, and a workshop overhead fitted with vices, etc., for doing repairs.

“The building is licensed by the Surrey County Council for music and dancing as well as cinematograph shows, has a seating accommodation for 200 and room for another 150. It is about 70 feet long and about 40 feet broad, has a frontage of 95 feet, and a depth of 80 feet.

“The operator’s room is outside. There are 200 seats. The screen is 11 by 10 feet (with a throw of about 60 feet), and the sundries include a fine orchestrelle pianola by Angelus.

“Full particulars are only to be obtained from  Messrs. Harris and Gillow, cinematograph theatre experts, 451a, Oxford Street, W. who are the sole agents, and will be pleased to forward orders views and any further particulars on application.”



Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.











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