26 Longley Lane,
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The Public Hall opened on Longley Lane, Northenden in 1911, it was converted into the Electric Picture Theatre after the First World War and was later known as the Royal Electric Theatre by the 1930’s. Soon after it was re-named Coronation Cinema.
The building of the nearby Forum Cinema in 1934 consummated Northenden’s role as the temporary heart of Wythenshawe. The first lessee of the Forum was E.M. Burns of Cheadle, the ABC chain bought the lease in 1936.
However, back to the Coronation Cinema which was a quintessential local “fleapit”, with love seats on the back row. I saw “Ben Hur” on its release from the front row, so virtual widescreen. Closing in 1964, it later served as a bingo club, after which it was demolished and the site is now used as a car park for the Farmers Arms pub.
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