THE GOLDEN AGE
The lovingly restored Art Deco cinema was hugely popular. Customers queued around the block, eager to experience a real night out at the cinema. The drama started before the curtain was raised, with a live band playing in the foyer, staff showing customers to their seats and ice-cream girls in the aisles serving refreshments. It was a return to the golden age of cinema, when luxury and personal service created a sense of excitement leading up to the main event.
Peter had to fight to get good quality content, but with audiences flocking to his sumptuous picture palace, he was eventually able to show the very best films such as David Lean’s A Passage to India. The Camden Parkway Cinema attracted so much attention that it was crowned ‘The Best Cinema in London’, followed by national recognition from the British Film Industry with an award for Services to British Cinema. Legal wrangles led to closure after eleven years as the best cinema in the UK. The final curtain fell after the last screening of Jurassic Park in 1994. Peter had proved his point, showing movies to delighted audiences for eleven years.