It's very cheeky and forbidden, but at multiplex cinemas what's stopping you from going into another screen when your film has finished?
Tried the Peckham Multiplex last week and found the cinema very comfortable and clean (if a little too warm), and the picture and sound quality good, quite a bargain for £2.99! Shame about the council run car park above where bizarrely level 5 and 6 are just above street level, and the lifts become people's homes after dark. Quite interesting how this used to be a Sainsbury's and it shows in the huge size of the car park lifts, and the fact you have to go up a ramp to get to the screens (obviously to allow for some rake).
Lang Rabbie mentioned above that the Trocette might have been best remembered for its Wurlitzer . . . You might have been thinking about the Wurlitzer in the 3,400 seat Trocadero at Elephant & Castle, which then found a place in Edric Hall at South Bank Uni. (but is now back in storage with the Cinema Organ Society following the university's redevelopment of Edric Hall in to a proper theatre.).
It was the largest Wurlitzer ever shipped to the UK.
http://www.reedpipes.co.uk/ has a comprehensive history of this amazing beast, and this photo showing what cinemas really should be like:
If you know of a lovelier cinema interior, I'd love to see it!! And although i'm not the world's biggest fan of organ music, it does seem to work in a cinema - when I went to see Titanic (I know, but I was a bit younger then) at the Odeon Leicester Square, just after its major refubishment, a visible ripple went through the audience when we saw the organ at the front (especially as the organist had to speed up the last few bars to get them in before he disappeared in to the floor!).
Mark, the trocette did have an organ, I remember singing along on a saturday morning at the saturday morning children cinema shows- what spectacular architecture, what a wonderful organ,thanks to all for those pictures..:-)
From the Notes and Queries page of BIOS REPORTER (journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies) April 2001, Volume XXV, No.2
"[Played] on an 1853 Walker in Bermondsey - tonally the organ is excellent, lovely light pressure stuff. The organist has produced a scheme which would eventually transform it into a replica of the organ he plays on Saturday mornings at the 'Trocette', Elephant and Castle, and I am doing my best to jump on that." (letter from Noel Mander, [organ builder] 1952)
Anyone around who remembers who this organist might have been - I assume the church organ reference is to St Mary Magdalen?
A quick Google (well i'm doing a course on google searching today so it was inevitable):
"We come along on Saturday morning, greeting everybody with a smile.
We come along on Saturday morning, knowing it's well worthwhile.
As members of the [...insert cinema name here...] club, we all intend to be
good citizens when we grow up, and champions of the free.
We come along on Saturday morning, greeting everybody with a
smile, SMILE, SMILE....
greeting everybody with a smile."
Several results for the search, and the name of the club was clearly interchangeable (Odeon, ABC or whatever cinema you were in - clearly they all had a unique club - or that's what they wanted you to think anyway!!)