ABC Leicester

46 Belgrave Gate,
Leicester, LE1

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Ian1943 on July 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Hi Alan, Just spotted your posting from last year! Don’t know if you go to the cinema now but if you do I have strong views on presentation. You can always email me : ijdrummond Ian

awj on June 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Hi Ian. Hope you’re keeping well. I recall Doug Sanders telling me that there had been live shows at the ABC. Also there were a couple of rooms back stage on the actors left (below the organ chamber rooms) that Bill Croft used as store rooms,that I was told used to be changing rooms(there was also a toilet on the same floor. Alan

Ian1943 on June 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm

I was surprised to read that the cinema was used for pop concerts in the 60’s. As Assistant Manager there between November 1963 and October 1969 I have no recollection of any stage presentations there, however I do recall pop concerts at the other ABC Trocadero in Leicester during the 60’s.

Mike_Blakemore on June 12, 2012 at 5:27 am

Thanks MikeJC for jolting a memory. I worked with Clifford Birchall (He was one of the better ABC organists) for just over 14 days at the Imperial Walsall. We both had got lumbered for the Bingo Opening… He composed a famous march. But cannot for the life remember the name.. Our Zone Manager L.S. Barry was based here.. Lucky I did not have to releive at this Cinema :o)

MikeJC on June 12, 2012 at 5:11 am

I served my appreticeship in Leicester from 1961 to 1966 and this was my absolute favourite cinema. I was fortunate enough to hear the organ played by Clifford Birchall as a prelude to the film “Can-Can” in 1961 – perhaps the last time it was played in public. The instrument was not very loud (at least not in the balcony) and I began to wonder if it was installed out in the car park! To be fair though, it could just have been that Mr Birchall was being restrained, so as not to drive out the non-organ lovers.

cnauld on April 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

I worked there in the 90s.Great to see Alan’s pics with Ian the last Chief Projectionist. Great cinema to work in,pity i was not able to run 70mm there. Bill

awj on December 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

Heres a photo from my collection.


Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 6, 2008 at 4:23 am

alanproj; Thanks for the clarification. It has now been amended.

awj on March 6, 2008 at 3:26 am

I would like to correct a small mistake in the details above.I worked at the cinema from 1965 to closure and when converted to a twin cinema,the whole of the stalls area was used for screen 2.
Demolition was completed toward the end of 2007 and at time of writing(march ‘08),the area is in use as a car park.
I would love to add some photos when this feature is up and running.

Mike69 on June 9, 2007 at 9:06 am

Sadly the cinema is now having its heart riped out. View link

I would love to see a photo of the inside of the cinema in its youth, as well as the compton organ.

Ian on March 27, 2007 at 2:20 am

Work stripping out the former ABC Savoy started in February, ahead of demolition.

Ian on December 28, 2006 at 9:55 pm

Another photo when under the Cannon name in 1995:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 17, 2006 at 10:33 am

A photograph of the ABC Leicester that I took in July 1965: