Cannon Doncaster

Cleveland Street,
Doncaster, DN1

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ritzman on August 24, 2016 at 9:16 am

If it’s the same developer (St. Modwen) that is also supposed to be redeveloping Farnborough (Hampshire) town centre then don’t expect anything to happen anytime soon.

yorksdave on August 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

The property developer is St Modwen, although they have bought the Waterdale area including the cinema, there are as yet no details what they plan to do with it

mike2001 on January 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

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.

Mike_Blakemore on September 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

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

mike2001 on June 21, 2009 at 6:56 am

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.

mike2001 on June 12, 2009 at 1:03 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 on March 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 21, 2009 at 10:29 am

A vintage photograph of the auditorium, as seen at the opening of the ABC in 1967:
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mike2001 on March 18, 2009 at 3:28 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.)

abcman on September 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm

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

mike2001 on September 26, 2008 at 10:22 am

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 on September 26, 2008 at 9:32 am

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.

abcman on September 19, 2008 at 2:53 pm

The ABC Doncaster was indeed a fabulous cinema (as a single unit) inside but the outside must be one of the plainest and ugliest ever built. Saw ‘Doctor Zhivago'there on the first Saturday after it opened (May 18th 1967) and it was an excellent 70mm auditorium.
Little did I know then that 18 years later I would be the Manager there. By then of course it had three screens.


mike2001 on July 26, 2008 at 6:02 am

what a fabulous cinema the doncaster abc was, especially as a single screen cinema. i have great memories of 70mm presentations there, in my view the best cinema in britain, in its day.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 9, 2008 at 3:20 am

A vintage photograph of the ABC, taken on its opening day in 1967:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 9, 2008 at 3:14 am

The ABC Doncaster, a vintage photograph from 1978 when it was still a single screen:
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