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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!
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 :–
Another photo of the Kwik-save former Odeon here:–
The buildings entrance was originally on the far corner of the front of the building.
Exterior photo of the Watford Gaumont / Odeon after closure here :–
An interior shot of the partitioned-off balcony showing the domed ceiling and part of the frieze here:–
Exterior picture taken just after closure of the Broadway here:–