The Priory Cinema



Opened on 27th November 1933 with Diana Wynyard in “Cavalcade”, it had an original seating capacity of 600 in stalls and circle. Seats were priced from 9d to 2/4d. It replaced the earlier (1913) Cinema that was located at a different location at 1 Priory Lane, which was destroyed by fire in June 1933. The architect of the Priory Cinema was E.B. Parkinson of Cambridge.

At one point during the 1940s there was a fire at the Priory and the cinema became an early exponent of No Smoking

Priory Cinema, Royston

The Priory Cinema entertained generations for many years, and a familiar site was queues of people round the building eager to watch the latest blockbuster. Sadly, the cinema closed on 28th September 2000 with “Stuart Little” and despite a public campaign was demolished in August 2002.

Do you have fond memories of seeing films here? Please add your memories.

This page was added on 26/06/2012.

Comments about this page

  • I remember a film about a donkey in the 1970s? I was very young.

    By Sam (31/03/2019)
  • i remember seeing Dumb and Dumber in ’94 and The Matrix in ’99 with my ex-wife here. good memories

    By Adam Mell (25/03/2016)
  • I would like to make a comment not about the Cinema although i do remember it but i mostly remember with much affection the lovely old Green Plunge Swimming Pool, we used to be taken there many times when i was a child i loved the fountain at the top then going down the steps into the very cold water i also remember the deck chairs you had to walk up some steps as they were set out on the sun deck above the pool. When we had had our swim we were taken for tea in the nice tea rooms adjoing the pool. Looking back every time we came to Royston for the day it seemed to be sunny how lovely to look back and enjoy my childhood memories of a golden era.

    By Barbara Rooney (29/09/2015)
  • I remember seeing Jason and the Argonauts 1966

    By JOHN HAWTHORNE (24/01/2013)

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