Cannon Cecil Cinemas
9B Anlaby Road,
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The Cecil Theatre is the second cinema of this name in Hull. The original opened in 1911 on a site on the opposite side of the road to the present Cecil Theatre and was called the Theatre De Luxe, being remained Cecil Cinema in 1925. That cinema was destroyed during a night of air raids on the 8th May 1941 but the remains were not cleared until 1953.
Work on the new Cecil Theatre was begun in April 1955 and it was opened on 28th November 1955 with 1,374 seats in the stalls and 678 in the balcony.
At the time of opening it had the largest CinemaScope screen in the country measuring 57 feet wide, and the first film shown was Marilyn Monroe “The Seven Year Itch”. The proscenium was 60 feet wide, and the cinema was equipped with a Marshall Sykes 3Manual/15Ranks organ, which was opened by organist Vivian Newall.
There was also a 100-seat restaurant & bar which in 1971 was converted into a second screen seating 137 (Cecil 2). The following year the main auditorium was spilt into 2 smaller cinemas in the balcony (Cecil 1 & 3 each seating 307) and an entertainment hall in the former stalls which became a Mecca Bingo Club, with Mecca also operating the cinemas.
In the 1980’s it was taken over by the Cannon Cinemas chain. The cinema operation was closed on 26th March 1992 and the cinemas were ‘For Sale and/or Lease.
Whilst bingo continues in the former stalls area of this post war
cinema, the former mini cinemas in the circle/cafe areas are once more in use – but not unfortunately as cinemas.
“A bar with wide screen satellite television screens for sporting events has opened – I suspect in the former, flat floored cafe area,
and is currently recruiting members.
“I suppose the upside is that at least the building is being used and
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