ABC Eccles

52 Church Street,
Eccles, M30 0DF

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Del1912
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

Ian1943
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.

davidstirzaker
davidstirzaker on June 19, 2012 at 6:21 am

Hi Doug – Contact me via my e-mail –

DelBoy
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. ;)

dgcarter63
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?

davidstirzaker
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.

davidstirzaker
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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm

This site has a circa 1955 photo.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe 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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terry
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!

abcman
abcman on September 30, 2008 at 8:51 am

Will do! It’s a small world.

dgcarter
dgcarter on September 30, 2008 at 8:35 am

I knew dave riby. Jimmy Gold was the District manager in my day (before he went off to manage the ABC Leeds). Ken Pickering I knew of (I think at one point he was at Ardwick). There was also Bill Williamson, Dave Stirzaker, Dave Moss, Harry Ellams and a host of others whose names have gotten lost in the mists of time. If you ever come across Dave Stirzaker ask him when I’m finally going to get my cufflinks back.

abcman
abcman on September 30, 2008 at 8:17 am

Unfortunately quite a few of them have died, like Ken Pickering and Jimmy Gold. Did you know Alan Peel or Dave Riby. Still keep in touch with them

dgcarter
dgcarter on September 30, 2008 at 8:11 am

Anybody else I might know as well as Roger? I knew most managers on the Manchester and Yorkshire districts from the late 60s.

abcman
abcman on September 30, 2008 at 8:09 am

He’s retired now and lives in Eastbourne. A few of us old ABC Managers try and meet up once a year for a reunion.

dgcarter
dgcarter on September 30, 2008 at 8:07 am

I used to relieve him regularly in 68/69. He and his wife also ran a B&B just down the road at the other side of Washway Road.

abcman
abcman on September 30, 2008 at 8:06 am

Yes, indeed it was. I still keep in touch with Roger!

dgcarter
dgcarter on September 30, 2008 at 8:04 am

Was that the same Roger Newcombe who was at The Savoy Sale a few years earlier?

abcman
abcman on September 30, 2008 at 8:03 am

No, Alan Thirlaway was Manager when I first went to Huddersfield, then when he retired, Roger Newcombe took over.

dgcarter
dgcarter on September 30, 2008 at 7:59 am

No. My ABC career was Wakefield (porjectionist), Huddersfield (Trainee Manager), Eccles (Assistant manager) Manchester District (relief manager).

Was Fred vere still at Huddersfield when you were there?

abcman
abcman on September 30, 2008 at 7:33 am

Don – Did you ever work at the new ABC in Doncaster.

dgcarter
dgcarter on September 30, 2008 at 6:58 am

I often wonder what became of Derek. He was at the studios on Oxford Road manchester in 1979 but I lost track of him after that. Strange you sghould have come from the ABC Huddersfield, that’s where I was before i moved to Eccles.

abcman
abcman on September 30, 2008 at 6:48 am

Yes, it was Derek Warner that I relieved for his days off.

(abcman)

abcman
abcman on September 30, 2008 at 6:44 am

Did a two day relief at the ABC Eccles in 1972 when I was Assistant Manager at the ABC Huddersfield.

Richard Roper
(abcman)

steffipuss
steffipuss on April 18, 2008 at 9:56 am

Hello Don

I am researching my family tree and I wondered if you knew of my grandmother Phyllis Storey and her sister Elenor Owen who I beleive worked at this cinema in Eccles in the late sixties early seventies. I think they worked as usherettes and on the kisk. If you rember anything about them please could you email me at

Many thanks

Deborah Bhatti