Crown Cinema

Church Street,
Eccles, M30

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Crown Cinema

Designed by local architects Campbell & Horsley, the theatre was originally called the Lyceum Theatre and was opened on Thursday, February 23, 1899. It is located on Church Street at the corner of Mather Road.

The auditorium has three tiers supported by four columns. The fire curtain was embossed with the Bourough of Eccles Heraldic emblem.

The proscenium surround is decorated to represent Shakespeare’s "Seven Ages of Man" The frontage is quite ornamental in Accrington brick and terracotta.

In March 1899, the Eccles public were treated to a ten minute bioscope presentation, "The Spanish Bull Fight". Originally, the theatre’s owners intended a more cultural entertainment of Shakespeare and operettas, however by 1900 the theatre began to put on variety and novelty acts.

In 1907, the theatre changed ownership to Broadhead’s Theatres chain and was renamed the Crown Theatre. In 1932 the Crown Theatre became a cinema, just in time for the "talkies" By 1937 it had become part of the H.D. Moorhouse Circuit.

In 1955, the Crown Theatre became part of the Snape Circuit and continued showing films until 1963 when it became the inevitable bingo house.

It closed around 2000 and has been shuttered ever since. Sadly, this building isn’t even listed by the local authority Salford Council — but it should be.

Contributed by Steve Lynch

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

ormus on January 10, 2006 at 1:09 pm

Latest news I have is that planning permission has been granted for conversion into apartments. Im not what, if any, original features have to remain?
Lets all hope that it wont be demolished entirely?

Ian on August 13, 2006 at 9:50 pm

Two further exterior pictures here:–

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keiths on April 14, 2010 at 8:05 am

Follow this link to have a very sad look inside……

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Mather_Road on February 24, 2015 at 5:47 am

Local Residents and the people of Eccles have shown interest in Tidying up the site so it is in keeping with the Buildings Past and the areas future. Anyone interested please contact

Mather_Road on April 14, 2015 at 6:07 am

If you want to get involved in ‘Help Save the Crown Theatre Eccles’(Facebook) please contact the Trustees of the former Crown Theatre,

‘Eccles Lyceum Theatre Trust’

(More details to follow)

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