Yep, it’s officially shutting down. The Capitol is one of of 8 Weatherspoon pubs in London up for sale…
The Capitol is a rare survival of a 1920s cinema, The Capitol, on London Road, first opened its doors to the cinema-going public in 1929, with a screening of Man, Woman and Sin. Renamed the ABC in 1968, the cinema gave its last picture show in October 1973. There were plans to convert and even demolish the building. However, The Capitol opened as a bingo hall in February 1978, closing in the first week of December 1996. It opened as a Wetherspoon pub back in 2001.
Staff at The Capitol have been allocated jobs elsewhere and have also been informed that the next use for the building is likely to be a cinema. There have been many speculations that the pub will revert back to a cinema on local forums, so the rumours may well be true.
I have fond memories of The Capitol (Weatherspoon) from when I was in school. The bus stop area and the inside entrance of the building was the hangout spot to meet friends/or just hangout. The manager used to get so cross with all the school kids, he’d come out, shout and everyone would run away!
I visited the Weatherspoon a few times for meals with my friends and the interiors of the old cinema is magnificent. It was a delight to have a meal in an extraordinary surrounding. Though, I’ll miss The Capitol as Weatherspoon, I think reverting the building back to a cinema would be a wonderful thing.
Do you have any memories of The Capitol? Or any news update on the sale? Please comment below…
*First image thanks to weekendnotes and second image thanks to DerelictLondon