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    Cannon cinema Harrow - formerly the Dominion. The cinema was a notable design by F E Bromidge and the remains of the art deco fins can be seen above the awful blue metal cladding so beloved (by a few owners) in the 1970's. The theatre - note the stage tower - had been split into a cinema / bingo operation at the time of the photograph.

    Safari Cinema / Cannon / ABC Harrow
    A scanned negative from c1987

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    1. Seth Gaines 106 months ago | reply

      God, I hate that cladding. It went up like a plague here in the states from the '50s to the '80s. I hope people start stealing it, now that metal prices are so high. This theater must be amazing. I'm struck by how enormous so many of the UK cinemas are. Far larger than almost any classic theaters here. I'm still not sure I like the typical architecture. It's very plain, massive, and overbearing. This one has (or had) enough flair to get away with it.

    2. trash world 106 months ago | reply

      maybe someday it will look like this again

    3. daddinsmore38 [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

      So help me, if I ever get my hands on the person who thought that metal cladding was a good look, my Flickr account will be daddinsmore38c/oWormwoodscrubs, it is pure vandalism.

    4. Pro Photo Photography 80 months ago | reply

      Wow, how long ago was that taken? I remember the Canon sign being removed at least 10 years ago....Saw the 50th Anniversary showing of the movie "The Dambusters" there in 1994....I live in California now!

    5. stagedoor 80 months ago | reply

      It is not terribly clear, but I think that the Screen 2 movie is Hellraiser which would date the photo to around 1987 - which would be about right for when I was around North London.

    6. Pro Photo Photography 80 months ago | reply

      I do believe your right.

    7. sriwaynu 71 months ago | reply

      Hahaha this was my childhood cinema...I lived in elmgrove road round the corner. Was last there in ooo about 1974!

    8. Topovsky 57 months ago | reply

      I remember the queue here (when it was named the Harrow ABC) to see "Grease" in late August 78 was so far up the (side) road that we got to watch a bit of the first Wealdstone home game of the season at Lower Mead!

      Two important bits of my childhood there - but the football ground was destroyed and is now a supermarket I believe. The awful cladding went up on the fleapit before I can remember but my parents always sighed and complained whenever we passed it.

      I last went there in the late 80s, just before I moved away for good - in fact, I think the last film I saw was "Hairspray."

    9. jacksparrow2602 39 months ago | reply

      I dont remember this being called the Dominion, but it was the ABC, and I remember queuing forever here to see Grease too!

    10. Pro Photo Photography 39 months ago | reply

      My Mum still call's it The Dominion

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