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Troxy celebrates 80 years

After 80 years King Kong returned to Troxy for a one-off special screening of the original 1930s film as part of the entertainment for Troxy’s 80th anniversary celebrations, 10th September 2013.
East London vintage venue Troxy pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 80 years of rich history as a venue and event destination since opening as a grand cinema in 1933. The entertainment filled evening transported guests through the iconic periods of the venue’s history.

Guests were greeted at Limehouse DLR with giant whitewashed footprints which led them straight to the doors of Troxy, giving them a clue of what was to come. Caterers Party Ingredients provided delicious food and drink served on arrival, which provided guests with the opportunity to network before striking a pose in the photo booth with King Kong himself.

Kick starting the night’s entertainment Benoit & His Orchestra with the Swing Patrol Dancers gave an explosive swinging 30s performance followed by the captivating vocals of operatic singing diva, Le Gateau Chocolat. Adding a bit of friendly competition, guests competed to be crowned the champion of musical bingo, in tribute to the art deco venue’s Mecca Bingo days of the 1990s.

The evening also featured Troxy’s mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, the largest in Europe, which has been undergoing refurbishment to restore it to its former glory.

At 8:30pm guests sat down with their gourmet popcorn and bag of classic pick and mix to enjoy the highlight of the night’s entertainment, the screening of the original King Kong – the first movie shown when Troxy opened as a luxurious cinema.

Will Poole, Events and Compliance Manager at Troxy comments: “We had a fantastic night and the different elements of the evening worked really well together to show how much the venue has developed over the last eight decades. From opening as a cinema back in 1933 to becoming a rehearsal space for operatic performers and now one of the largest event destinations in London, Troxy’s unique history will always remain centre in what we do.”

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