Finsbury Park, Majestic Ballroom, formerly Rink & Gaumont cinemas Stroud Green Road C1950's

In the distance and on the left of the picture, you can just see a bit of the low railway bridge that runs over Stroud Green Road - beyond the bridge is the left hand turn to Well's terrace. To the near left and beyond the roadwork barrier is the tube station entrance and what is now a bus terminus and pickup point for routes 4, 19 and 106.

 

The Majestic Ballroom has long gone, but I wonder if anyone remembers it? Originally the stabling area for horses in the tram depot, it became the Finsbury Park Cinema, then the Rink Cinema, then the Gaumont Cinema and closed in 1958, only to reopen in 1959 as the Majestic. Although it has lost the Seven Sisters Road entrance and foyer, the building still stands and is now Rowan's Bowling Alley.

 

The next picture but one in this set shows the auditorium when the building was a cinema.

 

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  • Ken Roe 4y

    History & details on the Majestic Ballroom here:
    cinematreasures.org/theater/15136/

    The building today operates as a 10-pin bowling alley.
  • Warsaw1948 4y

    Thanks for that link to a wonderful site that gives the full history of this building and its association with the Pyke Cinematograph picture house, located round the corner by the entrance to Finsbury Park.
  • corncrake68 4y

    Arrived to live in Finsbury Park in 1956. One of the first cinemas I went to in London was the Gaumont then the cinema became the Majestic Ballroom and I often danced there. Then the Bingo came on stream. Nice to see it again. As a point of interest around that time there was also an Irish Dance Hall called 'The Shannon' farther up Stroud Green on the left. That in turn became The 'Caribbean Club'
  • Warsaw1948 4y

    corncrake68 Thanks for the info and what are undoubtedly happy memories!
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