The Astoria cinema was only the second to have been opened in Ruislip, after the also defunct Rivoli theatre and before the recently opened Cineworld in the southern part of the area.
Opening on September 24, 1934, with Catherine the Great, the Art Deco styled theatre served Ruislip for nearly 50 years, getting a facelift and new name, the Embassy, in 1967, where a large amount of metal cladding was placed onto the building’s façade.
However, the cinema eventually closed in 1981, with the last film it showed being Private Benjamin with Goldie Hawn. It was demolished in 1986, to be replaced with a building for shopping. These days a curtain store, Iceland supermarket and McDonalds can be seen in its former spot.
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Photo Credit: Ken Roe