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The Troc-Ette Theatre, 115 Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, London

See also in this area - The Star of Bermondsey

The Troc-Ette, Tower Bridge Road - From a 1938 guide book to Bermondsey - Courtesy Tony Moorcroft

Above - The Troc-Ette, Tower Bridge Road - From a 1938 guide book to Bermondsey - Courtesy Tony Moorcroft

 

An advertisement for the Troc-Ette, Tower Bridge Road whilst under the control of the Hyams Brothers - From a 1938 guide book to Bermondsey - Courtesy Tony Moorcroft.The Troc-Ette was a large Super Cinema built for George Smart and situated on Tower Bridge Road in Bermondsey. The Theatre was designed in the Art Deco Style by the well known Cinema architect George Coles and was equipped with a stage, with a proscenium width of 25 foot and a depth of 14 feet, and included 5 dressing rooms for artistes. The Theatre opened in 1929 when its own Wurlitzer 2 Manual/8 Rank Theatre Organ was played by Arthur Jenkins.

The Theatre was taken over by the Hyams and Gale circuit in 1932 when it was closed for a week for slight alterations by George Coles who had originally designed the Theatre, it reopened in February 1932 with a capacity of 3,000.

Right - An advertisement for the Troc-Ette, Tower Bridge Road whilst under the control of the Hyams Brothers who also ran the huge Trocadero Elephant & Castle at the time - From a 1938 guide book to Bermondsey - Courtesy Tony Moorcroft.

The Theatre stayed open for most of the War, only closing for a month in 1941. Later run by Gaumont British Theatres, who had taken over the Hyams and Gale circuit in 1935, the Theatre was an early casualty of the popularity of Television and was closed in January 1956.

The Theatre then remained closed and derelict until it was finally demolished in later part of 1975, a building named Trocette Mansions occupies the site today (see image below).

Some of the above information was gleaned from the excellent Cinema Treasures Website.

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Trocette Mansions which is situated on the site of the former Troc-Ette Theatre - Courtesy Tony Moorcroft

Above - Trocette Mansions which is situated on the site of the former Troc-Ette Theatre - Courtesy Tony Moorcroft

 

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