The final curtain has come down and the credits of the last ever picture show have rolled into history at the Robins Cinema at Camberley.

And there to record the sad end of 70 years of providing entertainment was Frimley photographer Peter Davidson.

Peter has posted his gallery of photos of the last night at the Robins on the Internet. His slide show of 44 shots includes dramatic exterior scenes, as seen above, and pictures of the very last customers, as well as behind the scenes shots of the projectionists and other staff. In one dramatic shot cinema manager Dale Ballentine stands among the empty seats of the deserted cinema.

The Robins had come to the end of its lease on the art deco building, and was outbid for the new lease. Now there is no cinema for the whole of the Surrey Heath area and movie goers are travelling to Aldershot, Guildford, Bracknell or Basingstoke.

Peter said the cinema was only about a quarter full on the last night and there was an air of sadness. The last movie to be shown was X Men II.

"It is quite disappointing for youngsters," he said. "They only had to pay about £2.50 at the Robins, and the multiplexes charge about £5."

Cinema buffs had hoped that the Robins would be in business until the long-awaited town centre redevelopment provided a new entertainment complex. Then came the decision to oust the Robins over a year earlier than expected.

To see Peter's slide show of the last night at the Robins, go to To order prints ring Peter on 01276 20430 or email him at