Roxy Cinema

Hollins Road,
Hollinwood, OL8 3QX

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Located at the corner of Hollins Road and Manchester Road in Hollinwood, near Oldham. The Roxy Cinema opened on 20th December 1937 screening the film “Fire Over England” starring Flora Robson, Raymond Massey, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels for 1,406 and there was a cinema cafe.

In 1978 the cinema was split into two screens, then in 1981 it became a three screen cinema. Further sub-division occurred to create six screens which seated:470, 130, 260, 260 320 and 96. In 1998 a seventh screen was added and in 2002 the Roxy recieved a 100,000 pound upgrade.

It had always been an independently operated cinema but it was announced that it would close at the end of September 2005 when the current owner retires. The local Council purchased the building, but unlikely they will operate it as a cinema as they are proposing a cinema for the Oldham Town Hall.

The Roxy Cinema was left empty for a short while, and was sadly demolished in February 2007.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ian
Ian on August 13, 2006 at 10:17 pm

Interior shot of one of the screens after sub-division here :–

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2006 at 9:11 am

Here is another photo of the former Roxy Cinema.

LouiseC
LouiseC on December 1, 2006 at 6:18 am

I wonder if anyone can explain quite why the Council in Oldham was so insistent that the Roxy had to close over a year ago when the building is still standing there, doing nothing? It was a popular multi-screen and the only cinema within 9 miles of Oldham; I think the Council played a dirty trick on Ken Blair and his family and on the people of Hollinwood. As for the proposed cinema in Oldham Town Hall, I’ll believe it when I see it – that building has been derilect for years; shame in itself as it is an historic building in its own right.

Ian
Ian on March 27, 2007 at 2:25 am

The Roxy is no more. It fell to the demolition crew in February 2007.

KenBlair
KenBlair on February 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I have some pictures and memorabilia about the Roxy if you are intrested?? let me know and i will forward them on to you.

Thank You Ken Blair

scottiebarry
scottiebarry on June 25, 2008 at 8:54 pm

MESSAGE FOR KEN BLAIR, MESSAGE FOR KEN BLAIR, MESSAGE FOR KEN BLAIR

Hi Ken

Please could you email me on .uk
i have been trying to track you down regarding information on Roxy cinema, as we use to go there as kids and wanted some information on various things regarding memorabillia, photos etc

I am 22 years old, and heard about the horrible news due to roxy’s closure.

Really look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for the memories
Kindest regards
Scott Barry

Ian
Ian on April 8, 2010 at 1:31 am

Whilst looking for something else I came across a batch of misfiled negatives of the interior of the Roxy taken in 1988. The photo’s must have come out too poor to keep, but digital technology to the rescue (at least partially!). Of particular note is the original proscenium, long hidden from view:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4502334270/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4502334096/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4502333902/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4501699041/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4501698837/

Ian
Ian on April 18, 2010 at 1:39 am

An older photo of the exterior of the Roxy here – the road layout was later substantially altered.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4530009659/

keiths
keiths on May 18, 2010 at 7:42 am

It was almost obscene how quickly this place was demolished after closure.

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