ABC Dunstable

51 High Street North,
Dunstable, LU6 1JF

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Buffer
Buffer on January 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Interior photo of bingo hall taken in Sept 1999

westfield
westfield on October 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

Is the stone relief on the front exclusive to this cinema and does anyone have any information about it or a clear picture……?

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 1, 2012 at 4:06 am

Union Cinemas did go over the top on promoting the Brand “Union Cinemas” They did it every where, even take over shows.. When I worked for ABC I had a discussion with Mr.D Combes. (forgot is Christan Name at the mo.) who was at Head Office. He came with the Union Take over by ABC.. Union Cinema Sign usualy overshadowed the name of the Theatre, which was normaly “RITZ” (He was kind to me.. and gave me a load of pictures)

Ian
Ian on September 1, 2012 at 3:46 am

Not really registered before, but I have just noticed how the upright Union name hides the deco bas-relief panel above the central window. I assume that the two uploaded photos are fairly close to opening, judging from the traffic, so it is strange that a key part of the fa├žade should be hidden, either from the start or very soon after.

Ian
Ian on February 12, 2011 at 3:18 am

Now restored and re-opened as the Dunstable Conference Centre – flat stalls floor raked balcony, 1,000 seats.

Ian
Ian on March 16, 2009 at 6:37 am

The screen is / was at the rear so yes the front stalls must have been excavated to some degree. Given its listed status, I am assuming that much of the original design remains in the nightclub, albeit possibly hidden from view. The photo above from 1937 shows a very stylish interior.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 16, 2009 at 6:18 am

It’s interesting to see the slight upward grade of the side street to the cinema’s left.
I wonder if that played any role in how the ABC’s auditorium was originally laid out? Or if i was excavated further donward towards the screen. Assuming the screen was loacted at the back.

benrayner
benrayner on March 15, 2009 at 7:16 am

and altho the nightclub appears to have closed maybe there is hope for sensitive preservation in the following local paper report
Community church planning to expand into former nightclub
By Bev Peck

Scheme lodged with council to renovate Cubes

Dunstable Community Church, in High Street North, hopes to take over the former Cubes nightclub building. Plans have already been submitted to South Beds District Council to renovate and change the use of the former nightspot, which is just yards away from their original building.

The church is keen to move into the extra space due to massive growth during 2008. Senior pastor Doug Richards said: “We are excited about the chance to restore this property to its former glory and make it available for the use and enjoyment of the whole community.”

The church plans to keep its current building as its headquarters.

Everyone is welcome at Dunstable Community Church. Services take place every Sunday at 10.45am and 6pm.

For further details on the church, call the offices on 01582 477147 or visit www.dcc.org.uk

benrayner
benrayner on March 15, 2009 at 7:12 am

and an auditorium view from 1937 also on flickr.
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Ian
Ian on December 14, 2007 at 2:40 pm

An old picture from the 1980’s here:–

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