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Another couple of photos after closure here:–
Work is still continuing to turn the former cinema into a gym for the St Martins Hotel. Pictures from June 2006 here (external):–
and here (foyer):–
This cinema has been all but wrecked in the conversion to retail space. Although – in theory – the new works are removable, in practice it is well nigh impossible to return a valuable retail space to arts use, and removing the extensive new build inside the auditorium – on a levelled floor – would be prohibitively expensive.
Two recent pictures here. The first shows about as much as you can see of the proscenium arch (now blocked in):–
and the second is a view from the former balcony area:–
I thought the intention WAS to recreate the auditorium of Henry Millers – with expanded foyers and modern facilities. The original publicity from the developers certainly stressed the re-creation of the original theatre.
Found a few more details of the cinema.
A less certain future faces the Empress Electric Theatre on Oldham Road, Miles Platting, which opened in 1912 in the very early days of purpose-built cinemas. Its now somewhat forlorn facade of red Accrington brick harks back to the 19th century, giving it an industrial appearance but with almost castle-like cornice adornments.
Inside the walls are adorned with luxurious French Rococo-style plaster panels. The proscenium and flanking twin organ cases are in a more serious classical vein with paired columns, niches and medallions symbolising music and the performing arts. The organ case embraces dummy organ pipes, as in a church, and vestiges of early cinema organs of this type are now extremely rare. Some years ago the Empress, too, became a bingo hall, and it is now a paint store.
Agree in principal Woody – but Manchester and Salford are two different authorities. But Manchester undoubtedly does not care about heritage. Nor does Salford!
The cinema was destroyed by fire in June 2006.
further photos pre-fire here :
and here :
Photo -pre fire here:–
and here :–
Congratulations – and please post pictures of the renovations!
Some exterior & interior pictures here – from when it was still a cinema!:–
both dating from 1988 when used as a bingo hall.
A few photos here (interior & exterior) from 1988 as the Cannon Cinema:–
Another interior picture here from 1985
More pics – inside and out dating from 1986
Another photo as a bingo hall in 1986
Exterior picture from 1991 here
Yet more interior photos here – dating from 1991
Further pictures of the derelict cinema here:–
More photos of the Academy here :–
Further interior photos before the cinema was ruined here:–
Exterior and interior photos of the Palace can be found here:–
Exterior photos of the cinema under Cannon here :–
Interior and exterior photos of the Odeon as the Kings Church here :–
Photo of the cinema under Classic here :–