This building is one of the most recognisable in Watford and its name gives more than a nod to one of its former uses.

The Watford Observer has again teamed up with Watford Museum and is delighted to showcase some pictures from its archive – this week we look back at the history of Essoldo Court.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "The Central Hall, in King Street, was one of three cinemas opened in Watford within the space of 15 months.

"It was opened on December 17, 1913, and like the two before it, there was seating for around 1000. The first film was a comedy with additional documentaries, one being about the cocoa industry.

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The Central Hall Picture House c1926. Picture: Watford Museum

"The cinema changed hands in 1929, renamed the Regal, and after renovations, the New Regal. Another change of ownership in 1950s saw it become the Essoldo.

"It ceased to be a cinema in the late 1960s and began life as a bingo hall. Despite all the changes, including a new façade, this building remains in place and has been converted to flats known as Essoldo Court."

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The building is now residential flats. Picture: Google

Watford Museum is open Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. No booking is necessary but Covid prevention measures are still in place to keep visitors safe.