105-106 High Street
No105 started off as two buildings which included No106. You can see in the 2nd picture they returned when Frank Coleby had the building. In 1865 No105 was Charles Jefferies linen drapers and No106 was John Naylors Clock and Watch shop. The 1st picture is the Cosy Corner Cinema and during the 1960's the building become Tom Watts Furnishings. Moving on to the 3rd picture taken in 1998 you can see Texas Homecare have moved out just before the building became Frank Coleby Sports. By 2016 the building is the Emperor Chinese Restaurant. My Great Grandfather Edgar Hook used to work at the Cosy Corner as a projectionist in the Evening after he finished work during the day on the railway.
CREDIT: Lowestoft High Street, The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker by Crispin Hook 2016 Get the book
In Lowestoft, Suffolk, on the site of some old cottages, the Cosy Corner Cinema opened on Monday 6th October 1913 with “Wanted”, plus other short comedies and dramas. The Mayor, Councillor F. T. Dewing, officiated. There were 500 seats, in stalls and balcony, and the proscenium was 22ft wide.
The Cosy Corner Cinema Company had opened the cinema. By 1916 it had been acquired by Messrs. Turner and Howard, and by 1921 by Ernest Howard.
It appears to have closed in early-1925, re-opening, after redecoration and refurbishment, on Monday 13th July 1925 with “The Brass Bottle”, starring Harry Myers. Francis Bertram was now the proprietor; two years later, Miss P. J. Urwick took over.
The Cosy Corner Cinema appears to have closed again in 1929. It was acquired by Showall Ltd., of London, Marshall sound was installed and the cinema re-opened, as the Regent Cinema, on Easter Monday, 29th March 1931. The Regent Cinema had 400 seats.
The Regent Cinema closed yet again in early-1936, only to re-open quite quickly, on Easter Monday, 29th March 1936, with “Mutiny on the Bounty”, starring Charles Laughton.
In common with all other cinemas, the Regent Cinema closed at the outbreak of World War II. However, when all the others re-opened, after just a short period of time, the Regent Cinema did not.
The building was used for storage until being destroyed by fire on 1st September 1960.
The rebuilt building has been home to Tom Watts Ltd, and then a Texas Discount Store. By April 2019 it was occupied by Emperor Chinese restaurant. CREDIT:David Simpson
Details of Cosy Corner Cinema 1913 and regent cinema 1931 http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/64604