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Gaumont, North Finchley
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Gaumont, North Finchley

Gaumont, North Finchley. The cinema opened in July 1937 and closed in 1980 with, appropriately, a film entitled "The Last Picture Show". The cinema lay empty for ten years until its demolition in 1990, to make way for the artsdepot. Photograph taken in December 1980 by Doug Rose
Picture added on 23 October 2009 at 14:50
There existed on this site 1920s Erme Cottages and it belonged to the family of my grand ma, it was Tatt family home, where my great great grand parents lived.
Added by John Pope-de-locksley on 08 September 2010
If my memory serves me well, the Gaumont was demolished in 1987.
Added by Dino Lytras on 27 March 2013
Saturday morning pictures was so much fun and bring back so many happy memories . We always thought that the Gaumont was a very posh building to be in. Then have to stand for 10 years empty was terribly sad .
Added by Lydia (Brooks) Collyer on 30 April 2013
Hello everyone-

I’m a researcher/archivist on a project about the Gaumont Finchley and keen to speak to people who would like to share their memories about the cinema. Is anyone based in London that would like to meet for an informal interview? We are organising this in Finchley at 2pm on Thur July 10th but there will also be later opportunities.

Pls get in touch if you’d like more info
Thank you!
Added by Olivia Bellas on 26 June 2014
Hello, I used to go to the Gaumont every Sat/morn. That's where I learnt to smoke. We used to have the old man with a torch always on the go, for the little devils who where making a noise and laughing. "Any more of that and I,ll get the manager." However, what a great cinema.
Added by Rufus Jones on 26 February 2015
Me too Rufus I remember the Saturday morning pictures my mum used to pack us off with apples and oranges as our snack my first ever film watched there was Escape from Witch Mountain
Added by Joan Harty on 09 March 2015
I went to the Saturday morning pictures in about 1946 to 1949. It was a good time with friends and cheap - I think 9p. Can anyone confirm the price?
Added by John Selves on 28 April 2015
I went to the Gaumont in the 60s and have found memories, I used to work round the corner at Paulines Bakery, good days and memories, I was born just up the road,
Added by James woollard on 10 September 2016
Hi folks (Rufus Jones) pseudonym name for Chris Woodness (Woody) 7 Holly Park Road. Passed Away 3rd June 2016 RIP DAD 🙏🏼💐
Added by Tracey Nish. Nee Woodness on 08 October 2016
Hi Guys. I used to go to the Saturday morning pics with the other Bramber Road boys. It cost 6d plus spends at the corner sweet shop. Used to take the 521/621 to Tally Ho!
Added by Edward Beaber on 01 November 2016
I used to go to the Gaumont on Saturdays, I remember the 4 films we were shown, the first being a cartoon, the second a documentary, the third bring a serial and I have forgotten what the 4th feature was.. 1952 - 1955 approx. It cost 6d
Added by Roger Vyvyan on 05 November 2016
There must have been a cafe or similar on the first floor as I remember as a small child in the 50’s being taken for tea by my mother and sitting in the curved glass area, fascinated by the conglomeration of trolley bus wires strung across the road.
Added by Dave Roethenbaugh on 16 March 2019
I used to live in the top flat at the back of The Gaumont. Many memories, what a shame they've knocked it down.
Added by Dawn on 22 May 2020
There was a cafe in the Gaumont but don't remember too much about it. I remember going on the stage for a YoYo competition. Didn't win. I love to hear things about Finchley as I live in Australia, in lots of ways I miss the UK.
Added by Lydia Collyert (Brooks) on 23 May 2020
Hi everybody, went to the Gaumont every week during the 60’s. Does anyone know when the film Station Six Sahara was shown? I think it was (Sep 63 ) but would like to get exact date! Can anybody help?
Added by Robert Burgess on 21 December 2020
Saw the Beatles films A Hard Days Night and Yellow Submarine here. I remember the girls screaming all the way thru ahdn!!! Great memories
Added by Gary west on 16 February 2021
It was a restaurant, and a good one. The height of luxury was to have lunch there and then go and watch the film from a seat in the circle, accessible from the restaurant. Now does anyone remember Priors? That cash railway absolutely fascinated me!
Added by Roger Vyvyan on 18 February 2021
Roger, I remember well, Priors. The shop had a distinctive fragrance and the overhead wire cash 'railway was a constant fascination. Also the lift in an open cage so you could watch the lifts or counterweights going up and down. There was a cupboard behind the counter with a blue light bulb...never knew why. It's amusing to note that one day when out with my mother and grandmother we passed Prior's when the shop window was being refreshed. There were two naked manikins in the window. I was puzzled by a female naked form as such things were unknown to a 7 year old. The Ladies with me were choking with indignation and embarrassment! Something today, that would pass almost un-noticed. Many thanks for evoking such memories.
Added by Andrew Collins on 09 November 2021
your description of Priors brought back a whole host of lovely memories, but for me the fascination was the cash railway was the best. Now tell me, do you also remember the wet-fish Marshalls which was close by? My stepmother used to purchase a crab for my father and when laying the table for supper I also laid down a hammer and pliers. Oh, happy days!
Added by Roger Vyvyan on 10 November 2021
Andrew, we seem to be about the same age; might we get together sometime for a chat about the old days?
Added by Roger Vyvyan on 12 November 2021
I remember a variety of shops along the High Road. There was, as you say, Marshall's. Janes & Adams, the chemist on the corner of Nether Street? A pub called the Swan & Pyramids had a prominent frontage with tables for its patrons - I haven't managed to find any photos of this. I remember a host of different lorries with draw-bar trailers bound for the north - up the A1000 - makes sense. These mighty trucks are frequently seen at vehicle rallies nowadays!
Added by Andrew Collins on 12 November 2021
there used to be a wool-shop, a few doors from the Tallo-Ho! pub; my stepmother worked there for a while. Did you know that North Finchley had one of London's very first supermarkets, way back in 1955 complete with a coffee bar
Added by Roger Vyvyan on 12 November 2021
I remember it well. It was called Premier. Great coffee and milk shake plus a play area in the front of the shop!
Added by Edward Beabet on 12 November 2021
While I don't remember 'Premier', I do remember Williams Bros. a grocery store. I can't remember where it was exactly but my grandmother used to shop there and acquired a collection of pressed metal token, like coins, part of a sales promotion, like present day 'nectar' cards. I also remember this shop becoming a supermarket and how odd it was to actually pick items of the shelves yourself. Anyone know what became of Williams Bros.?
Added by Andrew Collins on 17 November 2021
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