More of Rugby’s old cinemas
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch about the old cinema pictures we featured last month (July 28 edition). Nigel Issitt pointed out that there were two more, which I hadn’t mentioned.
The first is the Rugby Palace Cinema in High Street, which first appears in the 1913 town directory as Vint’s Palace, proprietor Mr Leon Vint and with a holding capacity of 700. It was gutted by a fire in January 1921 and in 1923 became a Woolworths store. It’s now a Poundland.
The other cinema, called the Regal, was down Railway Terrace, which is now a furniture shop, still recognisable by its distinctive arched window. We also pictured the old Scala/Empire cinema in Henry Street, which is now Rugby Theatre.
Nigel says there was a fire there in the late 1940s as well and his late father, a fireman, was commended for rescuing the projectionist there. He suffered some quite bad burns in the process.