Essoldo Kings Heath

69 High Street,
Kings Heath,
Birmingham, B14 7BH

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Located in the south Birmingham district of Kings Heath. The Kingsway Cinema opened on 2nd March 1925 with Clara Bow in "Down to the Sea in Ships" and Max Linder in “Circusmania”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle.

Towards the end of its cinematic life it was taken over by the Essoldo circuit. It closed on 3rd May 1980 with John Huston in "The Bermuda Triangle" and the documentary feature "Encounter with Disaster".

It was converted into an Essoldo bingo club, a use it still retained in later years as a Gala Bingo Club, which was closed in 2007.

The empty building was badly damaged by a fire which occurred early in the morning on 17th September 2011.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 14, 2007 at 6:46 am

A recent 2007 photograph of the former Kingsway Cinema:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmdrgravy/409029589/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

The empty building photographed in September 2010:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/carrie132/5000659910/

tom0121
tom0121 on August 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Very sad to see the state of the cinema. Planning permission recently refused to be converted into a banquet hall (http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2010/12/15/plans-to-convert-historic-kings-heath-cinema-rejected-97319-27827074/). Now planning permission being requested for conversion into a shop.

For a nice picture taken by Geoff Thompson (http://www.photobydjnorton.com/GTC/KingsHeath.html)

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm

This was another Theatre Owned by Bertie Bull… Then sold to Essoldo…. He owned the Kings norton Cinema as well.

70mmbobbyj
70mmbobbyj on September 17, 2011 at 9:42 am

A fire this morning, roof has collapsed. All very suspicious.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

that is very sad… Very suspicious indeed..

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