From Peepshow to Panavision DVD.

The history of the Southend area cinemas from 1898, through to the years of the super cinemas and the modern multiplexes. Originally made in 1977 on 8mm film, then later updated in 1995 and transferred to VHS, and finally to DVD format. The film covers thirty one buildings which presented cinema entertainment, in an area from Shoeburyness to Canvey Island.

Running Time: 26 mins

Date: 1977

DVD: Available in stock

In Search of the Bioscope DVD.

A visit to many towns in search of the early Bioscope cinema buildings. How many of these buildings remain in one form or another?. We return to the early days of cinema, to discover how mans quest for modernisation and the ravages of time have affected these picture palaces, erected in silent film era. Originally produced on 8mm film, later transferred to DVD.

Date: 1978

Running Time: 13 mins

DVD: Available in stock

Pavilion of Dreams DVD.

Filmed at the Pavilion cinema, Chelmsford in 1980. A behind the scenes look at a conventional cinema projection box of that period. Twin Kalee 19 projectors, 2000 ft film spools, twenty minute changeovers between projectors and valve audio amplification. A look at the past days of suburban cinema projection work. Manual presentation as it used to be done!. Originally produced on 8mm film, later transferred to DVD.

Date: 1980

Running Time: 8 mins

DVD: Available in stock

The Dream Palaces of Southend.

Small book briefly covering the history of the Southend area cinema buildings from Shoeburyness to Rayleigh. Well illustrated with photographs.

Date: 1983

Publication: Out of print

Southend’s Palaces of the Silver Screen.

Covering the history of the Southend area cinemas, from Shoeburyness, east of the town centre to Canvey Island a short distance to the west. Thirty one cinemas are extensively detailed and photographically illustrated, during a time span of 1898 to 2011. Included is a map of the sites of the buildings, and personal memories of both staff and patrons of these picture houses.

Date: 2011

Publication: Out of print

Palace of the Stars DVD.

The history of the Palace Theatre in Westcliff, from the opening of the theatre in 1912, through to 2015. Includes a grand tour of the interior and a look behind the scenes of this magnificent building. Also included is a visit to the archive and the preparation of the auditorium for film presentations.

Roy Dilley/Dave Fox Production.

Date: 2015

Running Time: 20 mins

DVD: Available in stock

Roy Dilley’s DVDs are available direct from Roy

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Model of the Metropole cinema, London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, made in 1984. Complete cinema with ‘cut-away’ sections to show illuminated interior. Cinema modelled as on opening day in 1939. Sadly model no longer exists.

Model of the Mascot cinema, London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.  Made in 2009. (Frontage and foyer only).

Model of the Kingsway cinema, Hadleigh, Essex.  Made in 2012. (Frontage and illuminated foyer only).

Roy Dilley is also an excellent model maker

Below are examples of his work


Roy Dilley is a lifelong enthusiast of film entertainment, and also has a great interest in cinema buildings and their architecture. In the past he has given many illustrated talks on Southend’s cinema history and had exhibitions in local museums and cinema foyers.

Listed below are his book and DVD titles:



Collection of Old Time Photos + Amateur Home Cine Film on the Seafront at Southend-on-Sea


Collection of Old Time Photos of Southend-on-Sea

Railway Bridge Removal Photos from the High Street


Bridge High St


Old Photos of the Civic Centre  Southend-on-Sea

Civic Centre

Old Photos of the Cemetery North Road Southend-on-Sea

North Rd Cemetery

Old Photos of Peter Pans Playground Southend-on-Sea

Peter Pans Playground

Old Photos of Pier Hill & Seafront + Amateur Home Cine Film Southend-on-Sea

Pier Hill & Seafront

Old Photos of Priory Park Southend-on-Sea

Priory Park

Old Photos of Queensway



Victoria Avenue

Old Photos of Victoria Avenue Southend-on-Sea

Victoria Circus - High Street

Old Photos of Victoria Circus-High Street + Amateur Home Cine Film Southend-on-Sea

Old Town Centre Maps of


Southend Maps

The Changing Face of Southend-on-Sea Public Information Booklet

Changing Face of Southend

Profiling Carol Edwards

Local Author

Carol Edwards

Southend Waterworks Co

Old Photos of The Southend Waterworks Co/Essex Water Co Southend-on-Sea + Amateur Home Cine Film at Langford

Mixed Collection of Town Photos from 2000 onwards


21st Century Southend-on-Sea

Old Town Photos of Southend

Collection of Old Town Photos from Categories in


Old Photos + Amateur Home Cine Film of the Carnival Southend-on-Sea


Old Photos  of the The Pier + Amateur Home Cine Film



Old Town Photos of The Royals Shopping Centre & High St Southend-on-Sea

Photos by Craig Smith

Royals Shopping Centre & High St

Victoria Shopping Centre

Old Photos of Victoria Shopping Centre Southend-on-Sea

Profiling Roy Dilley

Local Author & Cinema Enthusiast

Roy Dilley

Old Advertisements




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