War at the cinema
The New Royalty Kinema opened in 1914 and stood on Water Lane (on the site of the current Curzon cinema). Like most local businesses, the cinema publically supported the war, including hosting charity concerts to raise funds.
On 9 September 1915, it ran an advert in the Richmond Herald, stating “No German or Austrian pictures will be shown at this Theatre.”
For more information about the origins of Austria-Hungary’s involvement in the war, you can visit this blog: http://julycrisis1914.wordpress.com/