Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: June 26, 2017
Webpage updated: August 13, 2018




On April 11th 1937 the Theatre Royal in George Street, Plymouth, was pulled down in order to make way for a purpose-built cinema to be known as the Royal Cinema.  Owned by Associated British Cinemas and designed by their own architect, Mr William R Glenn, it had a civic opening on Friday July 15th 1938 at 7pm.  

During the Second World War Plymouth lost all but the New Palace Theatre of Varieties in Union Street.  The City badly needed somewhere to hold stage productions and at somebody's instigation the Royal Cinema installed stage facilities to fulfill that missing role.   As a result in January 1954 it was given the name of the Theatre Royal that it had replaced back in 1938. 

The first stage act to appear was Peter Brough with Archie Andrews.

As the 1950s progressed the Associated British Cinemas group decided that a corporate image was required and on October 26th 1958 renamed it the ABC Plymouth.