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Melinda

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Lewisham has been repping hard (-ish!) on the boards recently. :)
We held it down on the South East Vs Richmond faux bun fight!

*Pride!*


So I thought we could make it official, like? :)

 

Melinda

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Alright, Ive given it almost an hour and no one has objected/ reported the thread so I'll get stuck in.

Central Lewisham: Does anyone know what is happening to that corner block of boarded up buildings where The Roebuck Pub/ Wendys Hamburgers used to be? The buildings are across the roundabout from Lewisham Transport Interchange, same side of the street as Boots and Brook Street.

I know it's forming part of the Lewisham Gateway Development, but since that's not scheduled to complete before 2016, I wondered what was happening now.

That corner is such an eyesore and just screams 'compulsory purchase'. Ive heard that its either going to house a new arthouse cinema or an extension of Lewisham Shopping Centre.
 

d.a.s.h

New Member
It would be good to have a cinema in Lewisham town centre, with one you could almost have a normal night out there! But I could see the shopping centre wanting to extend that way as well, cos that end (North end) of the shopping centre as it stands now is gloomy and a bit lacking.
 

hipipol

Peckham Wry
Shit!!!

The map made me realise our house is bounded on three side by borders to Lewisham!!!!! Fuck me, the FEAR now looms large in my heart
We Southwark types are deeply frightenend by the looming Chavism of the Lewisham hordes just over the hill, now I realise just how close the Terror and Horror is to my front door!!!!!


Yoiks, I wonder if that Harriet Harman has got any spare Kevlar kit I can hide behind? I may bump into her at a Kebab Shop in Peckham - which she is widely reported to be a regular customer - and ask

Lock yer doors, the Lewies are comin!!!:D:D
 

hipipol

Peckham Wry
Dont believe it!!!!!!

Just cos its in the fucking Soth London Press dont make it true:mad:

I prefer Southwark News where its all smiles and Pearly Queens!!!:D

Well I know Peckham aint Perfect, but nearly so........
Guys who runs our local offy has got the onetime local mainman crack beggar working for him now, man claims hes clean, but I notice he has many eyes watching him 100% of the time......
Still most of the stabbings happen north of Queens road, so I feel fairl;y safe........:D:D
 

Melinda

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You and your dodgy Southwark acquaintances are dirtying up my pristine Lewisham thread. :mad:!!

Mashing up our talk of arthouse cinemas! Arthouse! Not Peckham multiplexes where people go "Brraaaaaaap! Braaaaap!" at the screen!

We leave our back doors open here, dont you know? AND we dont need kevlar vests or a police escort to go shopping!
 

oryx

Sitting on the bock of the day
The map made me realise our house is bounded on three side by borders to Lewisham!!!!!
:D:D:D There's a little gap onto Southwark from our ward...........:eek:

me kevlar vest's on order.....;)

AFAIK there's no cinema at all in Lewisham, never mind an arts one! We have to go to Greenwich or Brixton.
 

Melinda

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Lewisham cinema closed down 20 or so years ago. There have been various rumours over the years about the council trying and failing to entice cinema chains back, but there just wasnt the space- but now there is Yay!

Still we've got a British Tenpin Bowling Association approved Bowling Centre :p
 

brix

spinster of this parish
Lewisham cinema closed down 20 or so years ago. There have been various rumours over the years about the council trying and failing to entice cinema chains back, but there just wasnt the space- but now there is Yay!

Still we've got a British Tenpin Bowling Association approved Bowling Centre :p

I grew up round there. Got my ears pierced in Chiesman's, watched the original Rocky at that cinema, hung out at the bowling alley...

Can't believe the cinema closed down 20 years ago :eek: I'm getting old :(
 

oryx

Sitting on the bock of the day
Got my ears pierced in Chiesman's, :(
Partner is Lewisham born'n'bred, & is always on about Chiesman's when we go to Lewisham! Apparently they had a walkway to the shop built when the one-way was built.

My Lewisham question: what is, or was, the ancient-looking wall in the middle of the one-way?

It is to Lewisham what the Submarine is to the Brixton/Camberwell border!
 

brix

spinster of this parish
Partner is Lewisham born'n'bred, & is always on about Chiesman's when we go to Lewisham! Apparently they had a walkway to the shop built when the one-way was built.

My Lewisham question: what is, or was, the ancient-looking wall in the middle of the one-way?

It is to Lewisham what the Submarine is to the Brixton/Camberwell border!

They did have a walkway; I remember it well! I tried to find a picture but failed :(

However, I did find this picture of the shopping experience in Lewisham in the past http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/lewisham/lewisham/james-collingwood-draper-1901.htm :hmm: Things have changed a bit since then...

No idea about the wall I'm afraid. Anyone else know?
 

Melinda

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I grew up round there. Got my ears pierced in Chiesman's, watched the original Rocky at that cinema, hung out at the bowling alley...

Can't believe the cinema closed down 20 years ago. I'm getting old.
I vaguely remember Lewisham Cinema being near St Stephen’s Church so this photo looks like the right location. Those buildings either side of the cinema are still there!




However these photos are also labelled 'Lewisham Odeon.' This kind of looks like where the second entrance to the shopping centre is? The one near Natwest? Was there a cinema there? :confused:




Ive just read that the old Catford Cinema has been renovated by the Universal Church for the Kingdom of God as a 'place of worship, conference centre and library.' Arent they the shower of shits invoolved in the Victoria Climbie abuse?

Lewisham is the only London borough with no cinema.
 

softybabe

one merlot then two....
Ive just read that the old Catford Cinema has been renovated by the Universal Church for the Kingdom of God as a 'place of worship, conference centre and library.' Arent they the shower of shits invoolved in the Victoria Climbie abuse?

Lewisham is the only London borough with no cinema.
Good pics!

Yup, 'tis the shower of shit peeps :mad:

I can't believe we have no cinemas in Lewisham...i used to love going to the catford cinema although towards its end days 'tis was pretty grime in there :(
 

Melinda

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Waitrose in Hither Green?!

We're gentrifying! :)

---
E2a Bloody hell that was quick indexing! Was looking up reaction to the waitrose application and this thread was third! Go Sarahluv! Poor Co-op!
 

Melinda

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Lewisham Odeon, 1932 Pics from here:http://www.cinephoto2.co.uk/odeon_lewisham_1932_thumbs.htm


The Foyer;




The Auditorium;




Also turns out it was a proper major music venue before it closed! Older Urbs will laugh and roll heir eyes at me- but really I didnt know! Just look who played! :cool::cool:



The Who- 18 Oct 1970:

Thin Lizzy- played several times between 1971 and 1979

David Bowie played in May 1973

Deep Purple- 12 May 1974

Black Sabbath-21-Oct. 1975

Chuck Berry- played in 1973 and again in 1975


The Cure - 13 Oct. 1979

Queen (?!)- 20 Dec.1979

Squeeze (local boys!)- December 1979
Adam and the Ants- 29 Nov 1980-
The Clash- Monday 18 Feb 1980
 

Poi E

Well-Known Member
God it looked stunning! When did they knock it down? The foyer was a nice bit of deco, which you don't see much of in London.
 

Melinda

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Im not sure of the exact dates of it closing/ being knocked down- everything suggests early 1980s.
I vaguely remember seeing cartoons there as a toddler-some of my earliest memories- huge colour screen- that would be '83/84? maybe.
 

Melinda

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Lewisham features prominently in The Clash's 'Bankrobber' video!

concert review said:
The video has clips of the gig, plus Baker and Johnny running up Lewisham High Street (!!), and
outside the Odeon and inside at the ticket office.
From the vid, it looks like the Bank at issue was the Barclays on the corner of High St and Lewis Grove?


Lewisham WAY before the pedestrianisation!



Look, its the Clocktower!



The Clocktower again, with Chiesmans' in the background (Now a Fitness First and a Yates's!




Full bankrobber video featuring Lewisham High Street of yester-year!:

The Clash @Lewisham Odeon concert footage:

Concert review here: http://homepage.mac.com/blackmarketclash/Bands/Clash/recordings/1980/80-02-18 Lewisham Odeon/80-02-18 Lewisham Odeon.html
 

Poi E

Well-Known Member
Im not sure of the exact dates of it closing/ being knocked down- everything suggests early 1980s.
I vaguely remember seeing cartoons there as a toddler-some of my earliest memories- huge colour screen- that would be '83/84? maybe.
I wonder what happened to all those lovely fittings...crushed with the wrecking ball I guess :(
 

Melinda

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Oh when did it close down?! :) No great loss!

Lewisham closes down at 6.00pm, there is a such paucity of decent bars and restaurants and hopefully something decent will take over the space soon.
A super big Morleys? What's the betting on a jumbo poundshop?
 
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