The Rembrandt Virtual Tour - Foyer

We are grateful to the family of the late Derek Phillips for their permission to use much of the text and images from the website that was set up and run by him. Derek was very interested in local history and his community and a short biography can be viewed on the introductory page.

Sadly no pictures exist of the foyer before the cinema was twinned in 1971 when a cash desk and sales kiosk were built in front of the original pay desk and the two end doors were shut off. A new managers office further reduced the size of the foyer. We have a description from the November 1938 edition of Cinema & Theatre Construction

"The simple colour scheme of cream and green is maintained in the entrance foyer, where the mauve carpet has a design which is in keeping not only with the name of the cinema, but with the period furniture and fireplace."
Patrons speak of large glass chandeliers gracing the entrance and even a Rembrandt oil painting!

Foyer Ceiling
This picture, taken from above the kiosk false ceiling
shows the original ceiling.
Note the security grill (on the left)
and the outline of an ABC Triangle logo on the (right) wall. This would
have been in the middle of the two entrances to the stalls as shown in the plans
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

Foyer Plans
Foyer Plans
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

The original plans show the foyer as it was as the cinema opened (subject to a few minor alterations) and photographs show details of the original ceiling that was above the false ceiling. The paintwork is from the 1960s or earlier.

The Foyer in 1988
The Foyer in 1988
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

Stairs to No. 1 / The Circle
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

These pictures from 1988 show the foyer after it was slightly refurbished around 1983. The stairs lead to what was then "Cannon One". Formerly this would have been the circle. A door to the left at the landing used to lead to the cafe. In later years, an equipment store, the staff room and regional offices.

I never worked in the cash desk but I remember seeing this particular form being filled out hundreds of times. Was is every hour? I hope Tim doesn't mind me posting up this picture of him beavering away. No computers yet, so note the Automat machine for dishing out the tickets. Kerchunk!
Tim working on the Daily Returns
Tim working on the Daily Returns
Image courtesy of the Phillips family © 2007

The calendar gives away the date - April 1986

Text written by the late Derek Phillips

The Tour

Foyer Projection Suite Box 2 Lighting
Rear Stalls Cafe Documents and Plans
Front Stalls Stage / Backstage Facade
Circle Foyer Roof Managers Office
Circle Boiler House / H&V Plant Twinning
Projection Suite Box 1 Car Park Memories

Link to the Rembrandt History Page

Boring legal stuff relating to this page

As explained earlier the text and images for this page came from the website run by the late Derek Phillips. To preserve his work and allow ready access to it, it was decided to merge his local history pages into the Epsom and Ewell History Explorer website. Of necessity some minor changes to the text were necessary and the layout has been changed to fit in with the house style of Epsom and Ewell History Explorer but in essence the web page is Derek's.

The family of the Late Derek Phillips makes every effort to ensure that the information on this web page is accurate. However, they cannot accept responsibility for any loss or inconvenience caused by reliance on inaccurate material contained in this site. Links to other sites are provided for your convenience, the Phillips family cannot give endorsement of them. They cannot be responsible for any information contained on other websites.

All material on this site (including text and images) is copyright. Every effort is being made to ensure that all sources are credited. Where no credit is given then it should be assumed that the copyright in any particular item resides with the Phillips family or that the Phillips family should be contacted to ascertain who owns the copyright before text or photographs are reproduced elsewhere. Educational use is permitted provided that no changes are made to the material and Derek Phillips is acknowledged as the source.

Commercial usage is prohibited unless formal written permission is obtained beforehand.

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