Cine City

Wilmslow Road,
Withington,
Manchester, M20 3BG

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Cine City

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Cine City in the Withington district of Manchester 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 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. The site is an empty plot of land in 2014.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 13, 2007 at 4:28 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.

Ian
Ian on December 22, 2007 at 2:37 pm

A few more of the Cine City here, operating as a cinema in 1988 (scanned images):-
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Interior
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MikePeel
MikePeel on July 3, 2008 at 3:55 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 7:45 am

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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