Cannon Cecil Cinemas

9B Anlaby Road,
Hull, HU1 2NR

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annabanks
annabanks on June 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I used to go the ‘Take Two’ cinema as a student. I was slightly addicted to the cinema back then and it was great to have another alternative to the Hull Screen when I had see virtually all of their offerings; it was also incredibly cheap! I remember watching, ‘Shopping’ there (not Jude Law’s best) but, most importantly, ‘The Exorcist’ on the big screen – a memory that I’m sure will stay with me forever. Cracking stuff!

belleahull
belleahull on November 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I have very fond memories of this cinema also spent most of my growin up in cecil,got in for free as my dad worked at abc over the road,i can smell the butterkist popcorn as i write and think about it..

Ian
Ian on April 29, 2009 at 4:23 am

By April 2009 the upstairs bar, occupying at least part of the cinema area has closed and the upper area is for sale, bingo and other businesses continue on the ground floor.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/3485715754/

DavidSalmon
DavidSalmon on June 26, 2008 at 3:50 am

PLEASE NOTE:

The Website address mentioned in mjc’s comment above is no longer valid. I recently changed my ISP, and the website now has a new home.

The new URL is:
View link

Kind Regards – Dave Salmon

Bilko2000
Bilko2000 on April 28, 2008 at 11:20 pm

The old ABC cinema closed about 6-7 years before Cecil. It was located at the mouth of the old bus station again on Ferensway (the main city centre Hull road) I used to attend the dance school aboue the cinema, Calis Wardby I think it was called. A guy was emplioyed by the cinema to sit at the bottom of the stair behind the glass fire door to stop kids from sneeking in. He would be there for hours reading his book. The irony is that the cinema made this guy the best read man in Hull!

The last flim I saw at the ABC was one of the Police Academy films of all things, with my sister. Ah! innocent days!!

Bilko2000
Bilko2000 on April 28, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I worked at the Cecil in the three years before it closed in the 90’s. MGM owned the place before the Virgin group bought it and closed it. It was a good place to work and an interesting building. Behind the scenes had remained unchanged since Anna Neagle first opened it. The organ had been removed however but the organ room was still in tact in the bingo section of the building. The fire exits led to long dark corridors that were always being infiltrated by kids sneeking in for a free shows. I understand that this was always the case. The resturant kitchen was fully intact and resembled something out of a Kubrick film – very spooky place!

mrchangeover
mrchangeover on August 12, 2004 at 2:03 pm

For more information and some great photos of the Cecil projection room go to David Salmon’s website at: www.davesden.fsnet.co.uk/cecil.html

This website brought back some great memories. You will also see that I was not kidding about the spotless floor I mentioned in my earlier post!

Also….does anyone have any photo’s of the Dorchester in Hull? It was a wonderful movie theatre and part of the same chain as the Cecil.

capnb
capnb on June 14, 2004 at 4:37 pm

The Cecil was, for a while, a small cinema known as ‘Take Two’. This cinema specialised in films which had left the larger circuits and were a few months old. This will have been around 1994-1995, and didn’t last very long – probably only about a year.

mrchangeover
mrchangeover on February 26, 2002 at 11:37 pm

I remember the Cecil as a single theatre before I left the Hull area to come to Canada as a teenager in 1961. It was a beautiful, modern theatre with a fine restaurant. There was an elevator which went up to the projection room. I recall how spotless the projection room was and the great pride the staff had in putting on a great show.

It was sad for me to read how the Cecil was carved up into three theatres and then closed.