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Located in the Greater Manchester suburb of Stretford. The Longford Cinema was opened on 12th October 1936. This fabulous building lies on the junction of Edge Lane and Chester Road, opposite the new Stretford Arndale shopping mall. There are two entrances to the building, the main one on Chester Road which was set back from the road in a courtyard (now gone in a road-widening scheme which has brought the entrance to the edge of the pavement) and a secondary entrance on Edge Lane.
It was taken over by the Newcastle based Essoldo Chain in August 1950, and renamed Essoldo. It was closed in September 1965 and was converted into an Essoldo Bingo Club, later becoming a Top Rank Bingo Club. This closed in the 1990’s.
Other than that, I know little of the building’s history and would love to get a peep inside. Given that there is a large shopping centre opposite, there are few residential units surrounding it and it sits next to Stretford Metro stop, I’d like to think that there’s hope for the building yet.
The former Longford Theatre is a Grade II Listed building.
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