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Central Cinema, Hobson Street

Central Cinema / Cambridge Automobile and Engineering Co, 21 Hobson Street

History of Cambridge Automobile and Engineering Co

1913:

Cambridge Automobile and Engineering Co Ltd

R de la Rue & Cuthbert Foster, managing directors

H Oswin Mills, secretary

Cambridge Automobile Ltd Hobson Street

1921:

Central Cinema opened and was rebuilt in 1930.

Hobson Street 1921. Cambridge Automobile Engineering (photo J Johnson) (Cambridgeshire Collection)

1930:

Central Cinema built

Cambridge Historic Core Appraisal report notes the tiled glazed facade and its Egyptienne style.

1939:

Fire at Central Cinema spread to Cambridge Motor Service Company causing £2,000 damage.

1962:

Central Cinema

2021:

Building of Local Interest. Planning proposals for the site were published in 2021. A commentary on these can be found here:

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