If you were walking along the Mile End Road a decade ago, you would have noted two public houses that, despite undergoing many drastic changes throghout the twentieth century, would still have been visible from the First World War. Sadly, this is no…

The Paragon Theatre was renamed ‘The Mile End Empire’ in 1912 and began operating as a cinema in the same year. This cinema was so successful that the original building was replaced in 1938 with a ‘Super Cinema’ known just as the ‘Empire’. 
The…

What is now the Genesis Cinema has had many incarnations in its 170 year history. First erected as ‘The Eagle’, a public house, in 1848, it was also used as a music hall. It was then taken over by William Lusby who renamed it ‘Lusby’s Music Hall’ in…

Although the Palladium Cinema (initially opened in April 1914) is now a different form of cultural centre (a Nando’s), in the early 20th century it was very important to the local community. During the First World War, the cinema was one of the…