Lost 35MM King Kong Reel Found!

For any fan of the cinema this is mind-blowing news to say the least. This information and photo comes to us from Graeme Murray. A workman has unearthed a vintage film reel of King Kong during the refurbishment of a West End cinema. Joiner Ross McMillan discovered the ancient movie hidden behind a partition wall in a projection room in the Grosvenor Cinema.

The Ashton Lane landmark is undergoing a major refurbishment by Stefan King’s G1 Group. And the tradesman almost threw out the canister while working at The Loft, which is being renamed the Grosvenor Café & Cinema. The dusty old reel, which dates back to the 1930s, is thought to have been missing from US film production company RKO’s library vaults for more than 70 years.

And the workman originally thought he had unearthed hidden treasure before realizing it was a dusty old film reel. The movie discovered was the original 1933 version of Merian C Cooper’s King Kong which has been missing from the film company’s vaults since 1934. Mr McMillan said: “I didn’t know what it was at first, I hoped it was hidden treasure but when I realized it wasn’t I was about to throw it in the skip.”


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