Cine City

Wilmslow Road,
Withington, M20 3BG

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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].

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 .

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.

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

Here is another 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 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.

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.