The Capitol (formerly Capitol Cinema)


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The Capitol (formerly Capitol Cinema), 11-21, London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3TW


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Statutory Address:
The Capitol (formerly Capitol Cinema), 11-21, London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3TW

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Greater London Authority
Lewisham (London Borough)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
TQ 35286 72906


This list entry has been subject to a Minor Amendment on 27/02/2019

TQ 3572 779-/30/10012 FOREST HILL LONDON ROAD (south side) Nos. 11-21, The Capitol (formerly Capitol Cinema)

(Formerly listed as Nos. 11-15, Jasmine Bingo Hall (formerly Capitol Cinema))

II Cinema, later Bingo Hall: built in 1928-29 by J Stanley Beard, a noted cinema architect and garden designer in Art Deco Egyptian style. This cinema was designed for silent films and sound equipment had to be inserted behind the screen in 1929. It was designed to seat 1700 and originally had a Compton organ.

Built of brick with white tiled facade with blue and yellow faience decorations, roof concealed by parapet. Two storeys and attics; seven windows. Recessed centre with five round-headed windows to first floor with stained glass divided by pilasters, behind which was the tearoom. Massive cornice above, then five tripartite windows to attic and pediment with acroteria and decorative bands. On either side are projecting full-height rusticated piers with brackets and torch decorations. End staircase bays have round-headed windows with stained glass to first floor. Late C20 fascia and five double doors.

Interior retains columned tearoom and a complete auditorium with original proscenium with gilded relief figures to pediment and engaged columns at each side, ribbed plastered ceiling with side pilasters and brackets and moulded balcony front. A rare survival of a complete 1920s cinema and the earliest complete cinema by Beard now surviving.

Listing NGR: TQ3528672906


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 24 Jan 2003
Reference: IOE01/08367/04
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Richard M. Brown. Source Historic England Archive
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