ABC Leicester

46 Belgrave Gate,
Leicester, LE1

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Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on June 12, 2012 at 8:27 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
MikeJC on June 12, 2012 at 8:11 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
cnauld on April 22, 2012 at 11:32 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
awj on December 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

Heres a photo from my collection.

http://img471.imageshack.us/i/abc2fb8.jpg/

Alanproj

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 6, 2008 at 7:23 am

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

awj
awj on March 6, 2008 at 6:26 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
Mike69 on June 9, 2007 at 12:06 pm

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
Ian on March 27, 2007 at 5:20 am

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

Ian
Ian on December 29, 2006 at 12:55 am

Another photo when under the Cannon name in 1995:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 17, 2006 at 1:33 pm

A photograph of the ABC Leicester that I took in July 1965:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/245722450/