The Mural
The national art charity program Art
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Latymer All Saints Primary School to
create a mural of the theatre facade on a
side wall of what is now MP Andy Love's
office and campaign headquarters.
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Answer to Quiz #391 - March 14, 2013
1. Where was this theater located?
2.  About what date was the photo taken?
3. Name two businesses that are at this location now.
Thanks to Peter Amsden for submitting the this quiz.
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You can find this photo on,
but the quiz will be a lot more fun if you solve the puzzle on your own.
1.  219 Fore Street, Edmonton, London England
2.  June 28, 1913
3.  Hilal Supermarket, British Red Cross, Green Cross Pharmacy, Ebony
People's Association, Poppin' Chicken, Head Office, Perlus, Tony Love's
Campaign Headquarters
Congratulations to Our Winners

Diane Burkett                Dawn Colket
Donna Jolley                Jon Edens
Marcelle Comeau                Peter Norton
Karen Petrus                Janice M. Sellers
Steve Jolley                Fiona Brooker
Dennis Brann                Rick Taggert
Mike Dalton                Joshua Kreitzer
Marjorie Wilser               Eloise Hardman
Grace Hertz                Mary Turner
Dale Niesen                Tim Bailey
Jim Kiser                Gus Marsh
Trey Spencer                Joyce Veness
Timmy Fitzpatrick                John Chulick
Judy Pfaff                Marilyn Hamill
Joe Ruffner                Debbie Johnson
Debi Disser                Ellen Welker
Jon Pero                Elaine C. Hebert
John Thatcher                Daniel Jolley
Carol Farrant                Talea Jurrens
Arthur Hartwell                Collier Smith
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Comments from Our Readers
Used search words of Alcazar theatre Battle of Waterloo to get there. Different search
engines produce different website and image results.
  Mike Dalton
In reading other Alcazar results, I found out that the original Alcazar, like the Theatre,
had a facade with 19 arches. This puzzled me about our picture, until I realized that
the bottom floor of arches has 10, but the balcony above must go around two sides
of the building-- making only 9 arches possible on the 2nd floor.

Love, love LOVE that fabulous street light just left of the Theatre!
  Marjorie Wilser
As The Alcazar was destroyed during WW2, it reminded me of a recent interview
with British comic, John Oliver, who said, basically, that his response when people
remarked at the beauty/history of Parisian architecture is to wonder how much more
amazing London's would be if so much of it hadn't been destroyed by the war.
  Joe Ruffner
Yes, i went the San Francisco route first. trying to get the date they showed the
movie brought this up. so i may still be way off.  but fun!
  Debbie Johnson
It was interesting to read the story of this place.  Wonder what the inside looked like?  
The website I found only had a picture of the outside.
  Debi Disser
Did you notice that there is another Fore St. just inside the walls of the City of
London and near the Moorgate station?  It pops up on maps if you Google just the
address.  It might misdirect some people on the third question about present
businesses on the site of the Alcazar.
Diane Burkett
Last week's puzzle was a little tricky ... the first "Google" I did gave me an entirely
different building - similar but not right!  It took a while to find the right clue to settle
on, but once I did, I solved the puzzle!  Thanks for keeping my mind sharp!!
  Elaine C. Hebert
Yes, I saw Tony Love’s campaign headquarters on Street View.  That mural  is
wonderful! Nice use of money for public art and good that the local schoolchildren
were involved in building it. His blog was one of the first useful sites I found during
my search.  After some flailing about, I looked up films named “The Battle of
Waterloo” and found, when I added the term “Alcazar”, a wealth of information about
your photo. Sweet!
  Margaret Paxton
Didn't think to use google earth for the other occupants. Used phone book.
  Timmy Fitzpatrick
I almost gave up on this.  All of my searches kept bringing me to the Alcazar Theater
in San Francisco.  But then the light bulb over my head finally went on.  I knew the
film was a British film.  When I finally added 'England' to the search, there was the

I noticed Andy’s place, too.  My first thought was that the connection between you
and the picture was the name Andy.  Isn’t that your partner’s name?  But then I saw
what the office was for and decided that wasn’t it.

Besides adding England to the search criteria, I also changed search engines.  I’m a
Google fan, but this time it was Yahoo that came through.
  Carol Farrant
The Alcazar Picture Theatre
219 Fore Street,
London, N18 2TZ
Located on the west side of Fore Street,
almost opposite Fairfield Road, just a
few yards north of Angel Road (today
its the North Circular A406 road-Sterling
Way). The Alcazar Cinematograph
Theatre opened on 28th June 1913 with
"The Battle of Waterloo". It was part of
an entertainment complex which
included an enclosed Winter Gardens,
which had a palm court and provision
for dancing, and an outdoor Summer
Gardens as well as a roller skating rink
and a tea room.

Demand for seats at the opening was so
great, that the 1,700 seat Alcazar
Cinematograph Theatre was filled to
capacity and seating had to be placed in
the Winter Gardens to take the overflow.
It became a regular occurance to screen
popular films in both spaces, and in
summer months, the Summer Gardens
were also used as a cinema.

The building was designed like a
Moorish palace, with a covered
verandah stretching 140 feet along the
facade at first floor level. The auditorium
ran parallel to Fore Street, with the main
entrance at the northern end, and an
entrance at the southern end for the
cheap seats beside the screen. Inside the
auditorium seating was provided in stalls
and circle levels. There was a a
particularly attractive decorative ceiling.

The Alcazar Picture Theatre was re-built
in 1933 and was the last cinema in the
area to be fitted with sound equipment.
The proscenium was 32 feet wide and
the stage was only 8 feet deep. There
were three dressing rooms. It suffered
badly when the new 2,940 seat Regal
Cinema opened in March 1934 just a
few yards away on Angel Corner.

The Alcazar Picture Theatre was closed
when it was hit by German bombs in the
early hours of the morning of 23rd
August 1940, which destroyed the dance
hall and one wall of the cinema, causing
the roof of the auditorium to cave in.
Further damage was done by a V1 flying
rocket which landed nearby in October

The remains were demolished and the
site stood derelict until the 1960’s, when
the local council built a small parade of
shops with flats above, and houses at
the rear on the site of the Summer
Garden. In 2009, a British Red Cross
Charity Shop is located where the
entrance to the Alcazar Picture Theatre
once was.
Then and Now
by Andy Love
Labour/Cooperative MP for Edmonton!/2010/09/then-and-now.html
The image on the left is my... office,
which now sports a mosaic of the Alcazar
down one side. This pictorial reproduction
of our historic local landmark was made
possible thanks to £38,000 of Heritage
Lottery Fund money and the fantastic
community arts charity Art Start (of
which I am a patron, alongside Emma
Bunton, I'll have you know!).

And this isn't the only new mosaic across
Enfield or even Edmonton (you might half
remember my post about the Marie Lloyd, music hall queen, mosaic). In total there are
eight pieces of art forming part of Art Start's "Lost Treasures" project and all depicting
iconic lost buildings, including theatres, cinemas, picture houses and music halls, on or
near the original sites.

It's not too late for you to get involved in the project. If you have memories of the
buildings depicted then Art Start would like to hear about them. And it would be great if
you could tell me about your Edmonton memories too. You're more than welcome to
come past my office and take a look at the lovely Alcazar for yourself (unfortunately I
don't do anything half as exciting as screen films on the inside!).
Use Google Maps for What's Located at
219 Fore Street, Edmonton, London Today
The Battle of Waterloo
The Battle of waterloo
was filmed in 1913 at
Irthlingborough and was
one of the biggest films
of its day. It was made
by an American named
Charles Weston and he
chose the location
because the real Duke of
Wellington, on visiting
the area commented that
the countryside
resembled the battlefield at Waterloo.

The film was made for, what was then, a huge sum of £5000. The
main characters were played by major actors but the cavalry were
soldiers from Weedon Barracks and the foot soldiers were all local
shoe factory workers. So great was the interest in Irthlingborough,
that the shoe factories all had to close while the workers were earning
7/6p a day as extras.

Weston made a total of seven films in and around Irthlingborough but
the 1914 war seems to have prevented the town from becoming the
centre of the film industry for this country.

It was thought that all of the films had been lost forever but
Irthlingborough Historical Society managed to trace all that remains
of the ‘Battle of Waterloo’ at the British Film Industry Archive in
London and we now have a copy that has been shown on several
occasions to the delight of packed audiences. The following ‘stills’
are from the publicity for the film and some may recognise
Napoleons Headquarters as the buildings behind the former Civic Hall,
just off High Street.

The 9th June 2013 will be the 100th anniversary of the start of
filming and to celebrate that event, we are publishing an exact replica
of a top quality brochure of photographic stills that was given to the
VIPs attending the premiere at the London Palladium.

This collector’s item is being produced using the methods of 1913
and boxed as a limited edition of 100. These can be bought using the
application form which is available at the library, Toni’s Newsagents,
Born and Bread and the Salvation Army Shop.

On the 9th June 2013, it is planned to have a live display about the
battle on the green by the cross with soldiers from the 44th Regiment
Group and the Waterloo Drummers. The brochures will be available
for collection on the day.

Irthlingborough has had a few encounters with the film industry, with
parts of the TV series ‘Hunters Walk’ and much of ‘Love for Lydia’
(The HE Bates story of the same name) being filmed here.

In honour of the connection with the local cinema which was
affectionately known as ‘Watts’ cinema’ and which closed in the
1960’s we have agreement to erect  two plaques on the site of the
former cinema in January 2009 and a notice board, commemorating
all of our contacts with the industry in the local library.