Coronation Cinema

26 Longley Lane,
Northenden,
Manchester, M22 4JR

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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.

Contributed by horacecope

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amycarline
amycarline on September 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Where about was this exactly? I am trying to write a little treasure hunt for the historical weekend and this would be lovely to include.

Luigi
Luigi on September 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

Hello, The Coronation Cinema was on Longley Lane next to the Farmers Arms Pub at the junction of Moor End (road). The land is now the pub car park. The above photo is not the correct position of the cinema and NO houses have been built on the site. The owner of the pub at one time owned the coronation. If you require any other info re C. my email is

Luigi
Luigi on September 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

Just a thought – if you would like to see a photo of the Coronation – please let me know your email and I will forward.As Tesco says – ‘Every little helps’

Luigi
Luigi on September 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

Since my post above at 11:34am the original blog by > horacecope has been updated to change the fact that the site of the Coronation Cinema had houses built on it and has been corrected to ‘it is now the Farmers Arms car park’.

amycarline
amycarline on September 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

Thanks guys. That’s brill x

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