Monkey Business

On 11th September 1933, we showed our first ever film, King Kong. Watching a film here was an incredible experience, as local resident, Ms Danvers, recalls, “It seemed like Hollywood had come to the Commercial Road in all its glory…Outside was a blaze of lights, inside a large foyer with…a large sweeping staircase, chandeliers, ceiling to floor mirrors and thick carpets. In fact, West End luxury at a price we could afford.” (East London Advertiser, 8 August 1980). The first ever customer was presented with a gold watch on Troxy’s opening night.

Opening night programme:
Ribbon cut: Stepney schoolkid Bridget Hughes, 14
National Anthem: Band of the Scots Guards
Cartoon: ‘Opening Night’
Paramount Newsreel
B Film: ‘The Mind Reader’, Warren Williams and Constance Cummings
Wurlitzer recital: Bobby Pagan
Main Film: ‘King Kong’, Fay Wray.