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Photo taken during the first week of August in 1970, during the week long presentation of Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” and “Ride a Northbound Horse”.
I’m not sure exactly when in the early 1960s the ABC sign on cinemas went from a triangle to the three lozenges design, but I have a complete set of ABC Film Review magazines from the first issue in 1950 to the early 1970s and the first issue to feature the three lozenges design on the cover was that for December, 1963, although I feel sure that when the new ABC Cine-Bowl in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, opened in August, 1963, the new design was on the front of the building.
I have captured and uploaded a frame from the Pathe News newsreel item, showing the ABC Ritz, Market Harborough, in June, 1958, surrounded by flood water, while showing Tommy Steele in “The Duke Wore Jeans”.
This photo shows it screening a 1941 re-release of the 1935 Jack Buchanan film “Come Out Of The Pantry”. It hadn’t been opened when the film was first released, so this photo is probably from 1941.
I’ve just added a much brighter and clearer image of a photo already uploaded, showing the American premiere of Roberto Rosselini’s classic 1947 film “Germany Year Zero”, held at the Ambassador on Monday, September 19th, 1949. A very popular film at the time, going by the huge crowd outside waiting to get in.
In a way, the Plaza was the Odeon of Stockport, as it ran the current Rank releases at the same time as the Rank Odeon’s.
The last line of the advert is very contradictory.
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Here it is on an ABC News item in October, 1948, showing The Winslow Boy, with some of the stars of the film in attendance, including Margaret Leighton and Neil North. It was then known as the ABC BRISTOL, Birmingham.
Demolition of the Broadway began in May, 1973, and a photo of the demolition was published on the front page of the Evening Sentinel newspaper at the time.