The Kingsway Cinema - Hadleigh

In conversation with: Alice Chafer and Roy Dilley

By Lynda Manning

Photo:Alice and Roy, with the Kingsway model

Alice and Roy, with the Kingsway model

Lynda Manning

On the afternoon of 1st November, 2012, I was invited to Alice Chafer's house to discover more about the Kingsway Cinema - which once stood proudly in Hadleigh Town Centre.  Also  present was Mr Roy Dilley, author of Southend Palaces of the Silver Screen (which includes the Kingsway, Hadleigh).     

Mr Dilley had just completed a model of the front façade of the Kingsway in its heyday and wanted Alice to see it.  He kindly removed it from its presentation box, for photographing.

Photo:The Kingsway with house lights on - ready for a show!

The Kingsway with house lights on - ready for a show!

Lynda Manning

It was great fun talking about the "People's Palaces" and looking through Alice's photo albums; particularly as my aunt had been an usherette at the "Gaumont" Lewisham at the outbreak of World War Two.  I enjoyed hearing about the staff of the Kingsway and even more what the paying public would have got up to without Alice's watchful eye and torch!  Disappointingly, her regular sightings of an Edwardian Lady Ghost in one of the boxes, was at a cinema in Southend, and not Hadleigh.  To read Alice's account of her time at the Kingsway please click here.

This page was added by Lynda Manning on 14/11/2012.