Studio 1 & 2
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The Carlton was the last of the super cinemas to be built in Salford, England.
The cinema opened on Wednesday May 5th, 1937. The whole building had an Italian theme with terrazzo floors. Above the proscenium was a carved scene of Venice, "a gondola cleaving the watery thouroughfare". Grilles in the walls were Venetian in design and there was also inlade Italian Marble ornamentation.
Like many cinemas, the Carlton stuggled with the advent of television and the Bingo craze that swept Britain in the sixties.
It closed as a single screen super cinema in 1962 to be converted into a casino and club with bingo and roulette.
After a few months, it closed again to reopen as a casino downstairs and a 850 seat cinema in the former balcony. It was finally twinned in 1970 with a second 100-seat mini-cinema being created in the former cafe, now known as Studio 1 & 2.
The cinemas closed again in January 1984 and the former stalls area became a snooker/leisure centre. It was demolished in the late 1980’s.
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