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Cohen [married name Kellner], Elsie (1895–1972), cinema owner, was born in Amsterdam on 14 June 1895, the daughter and second child of Joseph Cohn (1865/6–1937), textile merchant, and his wife, Jenny (1868/9–1934). Her parents were of German nationality. She was brought up in ...

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Deutsch, Oscar (1893–1941), cinema owner and film exhibitor, was born on 12 August 1893 at Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the son of Leopold Deutsch (d. 1904), a scrap metal merchant, and his wife, Leah Cohen. His parents were both Jewish, and immigrants: his mother from ...

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King, Sir Alexander Boyne (1888–1973), cinema manager and booking agent, was born on 24 October 1888 at 113 McLean Street, Govan, Glasgow, the only son of James L. King, clerk, and his wife, Jane, née Boyne. He was educated at Rutland Crescent School, Glasgow...

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Maxwell, John (1877–1940), film financier and cinema owner, was born in Scotland. He trained as a solicitor and practised in Glasgow. In 1912 he acquired an interest in a Glasgow cinema and over the next ten years built up a circuit of twenty cinemas and set up ...