(Once again, I'm in debt to Dusashenka on Flickr, for permission to use his old photos of these cinemas, inside and out. Please do not re-use any of them without seeking his permission first. He's contactable via his Flickr account.)
This article follows on from My Local Cinemas of the 1970s in Kingston.
In the 1970s, while Kingston's cinemas were conveniently on a direct bus route from my home, and just round the corner from school, other cinemas in the area would often run different movies, or with different supporting films. Also, if I'd missed any, a movie might still be playing in another town the following week. So I'd cycle up some horrendously busy 'A' roads to get to these two...
This was slightly smaller than the Kingston Granada and had been subdivided into only two screens. Again it retained its original main screen, now viewed only from the circle, as ABC 1. Under the circle, the stalls were walled off to become a sideways, shoebox-shaped, smaller screen, ABC 2.
Sited just next to where the Kingston Road dips under a railway bridge and becomes the Ewell Bypass. This had a huge car park round the back, but not many things to chain a bicycle to!
|The view from the circle in Ewell's ABC 1|
|Upstairs entrance to the circle, ABC 1|
|Ticket office, just inside the main doors|
In 1988, when I read that the cinema was being demolished, I drove over the first chance I had and begged for one last look inside, and to possibly grab a memento. But it was already in the hands of the demolition crew and I wasn't allowed in. The next time I saw it, it was a housing estate. Respectfully though, the road is named after the original cinema, The Rembrandt.
Here's Derek Phillips' webpage dedicated to the history of The Rembrandt Cinema which became the ABC Ewell.
Here's more information on the ABC Ewell in Cinema Treasures.
|View from the circle, that became Embassy 1|
Of all my local cinemas from the 1970s, this is the only one that's still going. Though it's now an Odeon, the Embassy brickwork sign is still clearly visible over the entrance.
|As it looks now, on Google StreetView, at 22 Esher High Street|
Here's the Cinema Treasures page for the Odeon Esher, as it's now called.
|Note the Ewell and Esher listings at the top|
Find out about your own favourite cinemas, in the Cinema Treasures website.