Title ID 15Collection ID1302
TitleThe Opening of the Croydon Orpheum
Date23 March 1914
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsEntertainment Everyday Life Motor Vehicles Transport
RegionalGreater London Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGeorge Howard Cricks
ProducerCricks & Martin Ltd.
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration02 min. 11 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film showing the crowds gathered outside the Orpheum Cinema in Croydon on its opening day.


The film records the crowd in front of the cinema, waiting to get in. People stand in the rain with umbrellas. People are seen going inside. Outside, Policemen supervise the crowd. A group of boys and other people acknowledge the camera. A car arrives. Men in top hats and women in smart clothes are filmed. A horse drawn carriage arrives. The film ends with a panorama of the entrance to the cinema.


A black and white still image taken from TID 15, showing the bright white exterior facade of The Orpheum Cinema in Croydon, with a very large gathering of spectators outside on opening day.