Photograph of the Academy cinema, 1935.
The Academy Cinema was opened by Brighton’s deputy mayor Alderman Edward Geere on 6 June 1911.
The building originally housed the Brighton Hammam Turkish baths, which opened in 1868. The building continued to be used for bathing until 1910, when it was sold to E E Lyons and converted into the Academy Cinema.
In November 1926 the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation bought the Academy, along with 15 of Lyons’ cinemas. A cinema continued to be operated on the site until January 1973.
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