Studio 1 & 2

Cross Lane,
Salford, M6

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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.

Contributed by Steve Lynch

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Winspec1
Winspec1 on February 15, 2004 at 9:59 pm

Why was it demolished….i am gutted when i look and see it is not there anymore.
Please restore my childhood memories.
Aaron shaw

mike9675
mike9675 on May 14, 2004 at 4:56 pm

Salford Carlton, Cross Lane. As a child of the ‘70s, I have fond memories of watching my first movies there, from Star Wars to several Spielberg films. A lot of my formative memories and experiences of the cinema came from watching movies at the Salford Carlton. It closed in 1984 and was finally demolished in 1989. As it was being pulled down, a friend and I sneaked in through the demolition site and actually managed to have a look around this old cinema, which was quite an odd experience, uncovering several disused film reels and posters. They should never have pulled it down. How dare they wipe away a local treasure and replace it with a Toyota showroom?

rjcarr
rjcarr on September 17, 2004 at 10:53 pm

yes i totally agree with mike.
i saw star wars, grease, superman and tons
of other great films…….. in comfert and safety. i took
my sister to see these films although she was too young for them who cares as long as she had a good time
and our parents knew we were safe.

fantastic building, great times had by all.

what ever happend to salford quay cinema? didnt last long did it????

craig
craig on September 22, 2004 at 12:54 pm

I practically lived in this cinema throughout my childhood and I can still smell the place and can still feel the bloody cold in their…Great Cinema though….anyone have any pictures of the Carlton.

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