ABC Middlesbrough

143 Linthorpe Road,
Middlesbrough, TS1 4AG

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ABC Cinema 1  Middlesbrough

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Opened as the Elite Cinema in July 1923, and designed by James Forbes, this building is now a large pub with little remaining inside to indicate its cinematic days.

It had been modernised in 1964 when it was renamed ABC and then further altered when after a four month closure it reopened on 6 May 1974 as a triple cinema. From the sizes of the cinemas (ABC1: 490 seats, ABC2: 289 seats and ABC3: 268 seats) I assume this was not a drop wall conversion but an internal rebuilding, so most likely when the building was converted to bingo and then a pub, there was little left to preserve!

Interesting exterior, largely intact, with a monumental corner entrance over five storeys. Built in brick with stone dressed windows (demi lune shaped in many instances), the cinema also contained a stage, ballroom and cafe. The exterior wall of the auditorium as viewed from the rear is circular.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 8, 2010 at 7:04 am

Interior of one of the screening rooms after triplexing in 1974: View link

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on October 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I have loaded 2 pictures Hope you enjoy

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