Cannon Doncaster

Cleveland Street,
Doncaster, DN1

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ABC Cinema Doncaster

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The ABC was built by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) as a replacement for their Picture House Cinema which had opened in 1914. It opened on 18th May 1967 with Omar Sharif in “Doctor Zhivago” presented in 70mm. It is situated in the middle of the town centre just 5 minutes walk away from Doncaster interchange. Designed with 1,277 seats arranged in a stadium plan by the architectural firm Morgan & Branch, with input by architects C.J. Foster & Alan Morgan. It was decorated in a modern 1960’s style.

Closed in January 1981 for conversion into a triple screen it re-opened on 9th April 1981 with seating in the 3-screens for 477, 201 and 135.

The Cannon Group took control in the mid-1980’s and it was re-named Cannon and it closed on 18th June 1992, screening its opening film “Doctor Zhivago”.

The building has stood empty and unused since then, but in 2007, it was bought by Movie World for just £150,000. It is reputedly being re-modeled with extra screens added, however by 2009, only a clean-up of the interior has been achieved.

Contributed by Danny Broome, Ken Roe

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abcman
abcman on September 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Any update on the cinema re-opening. I was told by someone who lives in Doncaster that its roof had been removed so that rates didn’t have to be paid and it was due to be demolished in the Doncaster redevelopment scheme.

mike2001
mike2001 on September 26, 2008 at 6:22 pm

hi, i live in doncaster too and i know for a fact that the roof is still in place, also, the building does not fall within the redevelopment area.

abcman
abcman on September 26, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Thanks Mike for the news.Obviously I was told some wromg information!

mike2001
mike2001 on March 18, 2009 at 10:28 am

Have tried to find out, but no one seems able to say, would be great if it could reopen as a single screen again, ( those really were the days.)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm

A vintage photograph of the auditorium, as seen at the opening of the ABC in 1967:
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mike2001
mike2001 on March 21, 2009 at 7:25 pm

wow, remember the photo, ( posted by kenroe,)from an edition af abc film review magazine. many thanks for posting this.

mike2001
mike2001 on June 12, 2009 at 9:03 pm

it may be of interest. This year ( 2009 ) marks the 40th anniversary of the release of, “KES,” Kes was given it’s World Premiere at ABC Doncaster ( later cannon, ) It was quite an evening, one i shall never forget,

mike2001
mike2001 on June 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm

An amendment about KES. Although filmed in 1969, KES was only given private press screenings that year. The World Premiere was,on Wednesday March 25th 1970, at ABC DONCASTER, with cast, crew, film studio executives & the Mayors of both Doncaster & Barnsley attending, along with members of the public, who could buy tickets to the event.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Have load a view from the stage end. just before the grand opening

mike2001
mike2001 on January 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The area in which the Cinema is situated has now been bought by a property developer, no news as yet on any plans for the cinema though.

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