ABC Middlesbrough

143 Linthorpe Road,
Middlesbrough, TS1 4AG

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ABC Cinema Middlesbrough

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Opened as the Elite Cinema in July 1923, and designed by architect James Forbes.

It was modernised in 1964 when it was renamed ABC and then further altered when after a four month closure it reopened on 6th 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 later converted to a Crown Bingo Club 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.

The Crown pub was closed suddenly on 2nd January 2015.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

CSWalczak on December 8, 2010 at 5:04 am

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

Mike_Blakemore on October 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I have loaded 2 pictures Hope you enjoy

ritzman on January 6, 2015 at 8:14 am

Pub/club closed suddenly last Friday 2nd Jan 2015 according to an article I read on Facebook.

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