Shipley Picture House

Shipley, BD17

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HJHill on March 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

In the Kinematograph Year Book 1914 the owners are exotically titled the “Franco-British Animated Picture Co”.

Given that it closed in 1932, it managed to be listed in KYB 1935, 1940 and 1945 (but not after that) and as having 1550 seats and Western Electric sound!

The closing film, A Honeymoon Adventure, was made by Associated Talking Picture and released in September 1931. The SPH’s top-of-the-range Western Electric sound installation could hardly have had time to pay for itself by closure in August 1932; probably two years at the most. G J Mellor in ‘The Cinemas of Bradford’ has “Spotlamps and stage fittings transferred to the Glenroyal”. Perhaps that went for the WE equipment too. The SPH closed on Wednesday 31 August; the Glenroyal opened on Monday 5 September.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 4, 2015 at 1:52 am

HJHill:I have reset the Google Map, if you wish to now set the correct streetview.