ABC Eccles

52 Church Street,
Eccles, M30 0DF

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ABC Cinema Eccles

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The Broadway Theatre was the bigest luxury cine/variety theatre to be built in Eccles and designed by architect Joseph Gomersall — one half of the pair of famous British cinema architects Drury & Gomersall. There was no expense spared for the Broadway Theatre which was built for the J.F. Emery Circuit at the cost of £70,000 a fair amount in 1932. It was equipped with a Christie 3Manual theatre organ.

The theatre was principally used for movies but was capable of taking touring theatrical productions and accomodating local theatrical groups and variety acts.

Amongst the famous names that appeared on its stage was George Formby.

In 1935, the cinema changed ownership to the little known Mancunian circuit. It changed hands once more in 1936 and became part of Union Cinemas. The final cinema circuit to own the Broadway was the ABC group (Associated British Cinemas)

The cinema closed on March 13th, 1974 and the last two films shown were "Big Boss" and "Soon the Darkness" (ironic).

The Broadway was sold to Kwik-Save Supermarkets in 1975.

It was finally demolished in 2001 to make way for an access road and carpark for the new Morrisons Supermarket.

Contributed by Steve Lynch

Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

terry on November 3, 2008 at 3:38 pm

I followed Richard Roper into Huddersfield as A/M and knew a lot of the people mentioned; am still frequently in touch with John McIntosh (ABC Wigan), Frank Chambers (ABC Leeds – before Dave Riby) and, until recently, my very good friend, Brett Childes (Odeon Sunderland) who passed away on October 04.

I went on to manage ABC’s theatres in South Shields, Chester, Newcastle upon Tyne (Haymarket AND Westgate Road) and Darlington; sadly,the latter appointment was as a result of Cannon’s strategic withdrawal -true to form – from that city, when Odeon and Warner Bros were left to fight for supremacy; I am pleased to say that Odeon won when they moved to ‘The Gate'development, although that has since become the 'Empire'following the M&M’s intervention upon the Odeon/UCI and Cineworld/UGC mergers………all so complicated!

KenRoe on December 23, 2008 at 4:25 pm

A vintage photograph of the auditorium in 1966:
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The circle in 1966:
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Lost Memory on January 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm

This site has a circa 1955 photo.

davidstirzaker on July 21, 2011 at 7:58 am

Just came across this website by chance. I worked at the ABC Eccles and many others in the Manchester area during the late 60’s. I did not know I still have dgcarter’s cufflinks.

davidstirzaker on July 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

Jimmy Gold made me the offer of becoming his house mananger at the new ABC Leeds. I turned it down and subsequently left ABC in April 1970. But I have always tresasured my memories.

dgcarter63 on June 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

David Yes you still have my cufflinks. Red and white mother of pearl rectanglular. How are you?

DelBoy on June 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

Dave Moss? Surely you mean Derek Moss!

Derek was a splendid bloke who was, around the time I knew him, assistant manager at the Broadway and trying his luck with a most delightful ice-cream girl from the Savoy Sale. I forget her name but I do remember her black hair and her pink overall.

I also recall she was married to (but separated from) an appalling thug who spotted Derek dropping her off at home one evening after work.

The ensuing debacle included Derek knocking the guy down with his car, followed by the guy jumping up again with an injured leg and stoically chasing Derek’s speeding car down the road for some distance.

Happy days. ;)

davidstirzaker on June 19, 2012 at 6:21 am

Hi Doug – Contact me via my e-mail –

Ian1943 on June 24, 2012 at 6:57 am

Hi, If ‘terry’ should read this post, could he please let me have John McIntosh’s email address. I last spoke with John in 1963 when we were both at the ABC Sheffield and he was promoted to the Playhouse Dewsbury.

Del1912 on April 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Hi all, Just found this site this evening and recognise a lot of the names from various posts. DELBOY, please reveal yourself, you seem to know a lot about my past!. The story about the Savoy Sale ice cream girl is entirely accurate, and thank you for calling me a ‘splendid bloke’

I would love to hear from anyone who may remember me from either Eccles, Sale, Stockport, Ardwick, Broughton or Deansgate during the 60’s.

I have emailed David Stirzaker and sent him a photo of our days at Eccles, as well as David and me the photo also shows Kevin Utley, who was the Manager, D.Carter A/M and a Ken (surname escapes me)T/M.

My personal email is

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