Plaza Cinema

15 Castle Hill,
Dudley, DY1 4QF

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SteveSidaway
SteveSidaway on February 10, 2014 at 7:36 am

My parents used to say that it was nicknamed ‘The Ranchuss’ by locals because of the number of Westerns that used to be shown there… Not surprised to hear about the Hippodrome – Dudley Council isn’t exactly renowned for any appreciation of the built environment or the creative arts….

rasLXR
rasLXR on June 8, 2013 at 3:41 am

From The Stage

Dudley Hippodrome is to be demolished after the town’s council decided that a proposal from a local group, which wanted to restore the venue to its original use as a theatre, was “not viable”.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on May 20, 2013 at 1:56 am

The Hippodrome did not show films alas. Its a very fine building.. If it was saved it is the best designed theatre in the Midlands…

70mmbobbyj
70mmbobbyj on May 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm

There doesn’t seem to be a page for The surviving Hippodrome next door which is now threatened with the wrecking ball.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on October 27, 2011 at 7:27 am

Miles Jervis bought The Plaza as a job lot with the Alhambra Dudley Port. Plaza (renamed KINGS) West Bromwich There was another. I cannot rember the name.. AGE..

Ian
Ian on December 31, 2006 at 9:14 pm

1995 shot showing the closed Odeon with the Plaza letter scars and the Hippodrome beyond here:–

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/339681347/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 2:01 am

OOoops sorry, here is the above link again:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 1:58 am

Here is a photograph I took in October 1965 of the Plaza Cinema and Hippodrome Theatre:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 11, 2006 at 6:08 am

Here is an exterior view of the Plaza Cinema, photographed in December 1956:
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A 1970 view when still a single screen. Movies showing are “The Nympho” and “The Erotic Three”(Scratch Harry). Dudley Zoo and castle are to the left in the photo, the Hippodrome Theatre is just seen to the right:
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woody
woody on January 11, 2006 at 5:14 am

Heres a shot from around 1991, showing the recently closed Plaza, and the Hippodrome next door which at this time was the Granada Bingo.
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