The Rembrandt Virtual Tour - Front Stalls

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.

Front Stalls 1938
Front Stalls 1938
Image Credit: Premier Bioscope Collection

The 1938 photograph of the front stalls and stage gives the best view of the interior of the auditorium so it is perhaps the best photo to link with the description of the colour scheme of the cinema.

"The auditorium is a delightful study in rose-pink. This colour has been used almost entirely for the mural treatment both above and below the balcony, and while it is relieved by only the slightest touches of green and gold towards the ante-proscenium, its expanse never becomes monotonous.

The ante proscenium treatment consists of recessed panels, in which sculptured effects achieve a most lifelike appearance with the assistance of a comprehensive and ingenious installation of indirect lighting.

The stage draperies, in rich green, form an interesting contrast to the pink mural treatment and to the upholstery of the 1,500 seats which appears to vary from a rich mauve to a dark shade of russet according to the light in which it is viewed."
Cinema & Theatre Construction. November 1938

Image Credit: Premier Bioscope Collection

One striking feature of the auditorium was the plasterwork murals on either side of the walls leading to the proscenium. Often referred to as "the lady with T*ts playing table tennis" or more politely "Muriel"

Poor old Muriel spent most of the 1970's painted black but was more favourably picked out in orange and cream when the auditorium was decorated in 1983.

Even this low resolution black and white photo shows a certain sheen in the paintwork that was never replicated in later years

Text written by the late Derek Phillips

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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

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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.

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