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Originally built as the Agricultural Hall in 1868, it was given a new facade and opened as St. George’s Hall in 1887. It became the Imperial Theatre in 1899. The Imperial Picture House opened on 1st January 1910, the frontage was altered to the plans of architect Archibald Hurley Robinson.
The Imperial Picture House was taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in 1936. Apart from the installation of sound and later CinemaScope, the building was never altered. The Imperial Cinema closed on 4th May 1968 with a double-bill programme; Stephen Boyd in “Assignment K” and Lee Marvin in “Cat Ballou”.
It was converted into an Alpha Bingo Club which opened on 23rd May 1969. The bingo club closed in around 1996, by then operated by Gala Bingo. It re-opened in March 1997 as ‘The Imperial’, one of the J. D. Wetherspoon chain of pubs.
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