Two ‘interesting’ Curzon articles

A FRIEND, who lives in the Eastbourne sent me the two very interesting articles you recently carried regarding the Curzon Cinema.

I have worked for Pearl & Dean for many years and I have records (which were made when the screen advertising company Pearl & Dean was formed in 1953) that show the Picturedrome (as it was called) was owned by Randolph E. Richards Circuit.

This company also had The Gaiety Eastbourne, the Playhouse Bexhill, The Gaiety Brighton - The Radio Centre East Grinstead, The Gaiety Hastings and St. Leonards Curzon.

As Roger Prime has said Classic Cinemas took over the Picturedrome - Eastbourne and renamed it Curzon.

Eric Rhodes who used to be a director of Classic Cinemas, on his retirement took it over and run it for a few years before his son Gerald Rhodes run it.

In 1987 Roy Galloway took it over and it is because of Roy and his staff, who have lovingly looked after the Curzon, that the cinema was able to celebrate its 90th birthday, still operational and the only remaining cinema in the centre of Eastbourne.

Let us hope that it will still be going strong in 2020 when it will be celebrating its 100th birthday.

Lydia Pohani

Sylvan Avenue, Finchley