Cine City

Wilmslow Road,
Withington, M20 3BG

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Cine City in Withington opened around 1912 as the Scala Electric Palace. Closed in 1997 and re-opened the same year by a new owner. Cine City closed again in July of 2001 and so far has remained closed. The building was threatened with demolition in 2005 but heritage groups fought to save the building. All was in vain and the Cine City was demolished in January 2008.

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KenRoe
KenRoe on April 13, 2007 at 9:28 pm

Opened as the Scala Electric Cinema on 11th January 1913 with a seating capacity of 675 in stalls and circle areas. When it closed as a triple cinema in 2001 it had 130 seats in Screen 1, 143 seats in Screen 2 and 154 seats in Screen 3.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 13, 2007 at 9:43 pm

Was it ever called “The Scala”? If not, the aka name can be changed to Scala Electric Cinema. Thanks for the seat count.

This is a recent photo of Cine City.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 14, 2007 at 1:09 pm

This website has a 1940 photo of the Scala Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Here is another photo of Cine City.

Ian
Ian on December 22, 2007 at 7:37 pm

A few more of the Cine City here, operating as a cinema in 1988 (scanned images):-
Exterior
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Interior
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

This photo shows a Cine City being demolished. I think its this one.

MikePeel
MikePeel on July 3, 2008 at 8:55 am

I’ve taken a number of photos of Cine City being demolished, and have uploaded them to Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons – see View link .

Picturedrome
Picturedrome on August 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

It was almost certainly designed by Campbell & Fairhurst, and bears a close resemblance to the Dingle Picturedrome and the Belmont Picture House, both in Liverpool and both known to be designed by C & F.
The Stafford Picture House is also almost certainly by C & F.

In my notes I have that Cine-City opened in 1912 as the Scala Palace, but (like most others) I rely on others for information.

Cine City Wilmslow Road, Withington. M20 3BG. (0161) 445 9888 ex 3301/8181. Seats (by 1983): 1:150, 2:150, 3:150. Seats (by 2001): 1:130, 2:132, 3:154.
Opened 1912 as Scala Palace. Architects: probably Campbell & Fairhurst. Renamed Scala by 1940. 603 seats by 1961. Renamed Cine City in the 1970s. Closed 23 Jan 1997 (Manchester’s oldest cinema). Reopened. Still open as at 8 April 2000. [Closed by September 2001].

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