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Originally opened in 1913 as the Electric Picture House, it was located on Bristol Street on the corner of Wrentham Street. Within a year of opening, it had changed its name to the Bristol Street Picture House. In 1923, it was demolished and a new cinema was built to the plans of architect Horace G. Bradley, known as the Broadway Cinema. It was owned by the Victoria Playhouse Group.
The Broadway Cinema was remodeled to the plans of architect H. Werner Rosenthal, and re-opened on 26th April 1956 as the Cinephone Cinema. Style was Modern Continental, with stalls, circle and a Continental style coffee/snack bar. Managed by the Jacey Cinemas chain, who also owned the News Theatre and the Tatler Cinemas in Birmingham.
It was later taken over by the Gala Cinemas chain in September 1977 and was re-named Gala Cinema. This was later closed and after a period of time re-opened as the Climax Cinema which screened uncensored sex films up until 1984. It was afterward demolished, with a car showroom built on the site.
I was second operator there in 1959-60. Projection equipment was two BTH Super MK2’s, using Xenon arcs with all lighting controls motorised.
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