The building (which also houses Larry Flynt's
and part of the 99p Stores
) was constructed in the mid-20th century as an extension photo c. 1965
of the next-door British Home Stores. This took place following the 1956 demolition of the previous building, which had housed the Hippodrome Picture Theatre, previously the Croydon Hippodrome photo from c. 1910
, the New Theatre Royal, the Empire Theatre of Varieties, the Theatre Royal, and the Theatre; see Cinema Treasures entry
and Theatres and Halls in Croydon
for more details.
After British Home Stores vacated the building, it was returned to entertainment use in 1972 as a cinema initially called the Classic Cinema photo from 1972 and later the Oscar Cinema and then the Focus Cinema; see Cinema Treasures entry for more details. The Focus Cinema finally closed in August 1982.
Shooshh opened in mid-2011, replacing Loop Lounge, a "music and pool bar" that had been there since 2003.