UCI Hull

St. Andrew's Quay,
Hull, HU3 4SA

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Playhousegoer
Playhousegoer on August 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

Still waiting for the update of Closed to Demolished. Again, this cinema is no longer here, and there is a Curry’s Store which stands in its place.

Playhousegoer
Playhousegoer on June 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

This cinema has been demolished for some time and needs to be updated from CLOSED.

Playhousegoer
Playhousegoer on December 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm

This particular cinema holds a lot of fond memories. It was the first cinema we used to travel to when “she who must be obeyed” and I got our first banger (old, second-hand car). We would often see two or three films in a row and wait in the car or go to the Chinese restaurant across the way. We had to travel a fair distance too, and not realising that it had gone for good, we set of one early morning, and it had locked its doors for good and was ready, if unwilling, for the next faze. Total demolition. We were shocked and gutted…sad.

woody
woody on November 3, 2008 at 2:32 am

heres a photo taken around 1992
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/2120702873/
Hull was built as a CIC theatre before the merger of CIC and AMC to form UCI.
It was therefore a much better quality building than the AMC designs, the auditoriums had the seating in one block with side aisles, stages and curtains (like High Wycombe and Solihull UCI’s – both also CIC designed theatres), there was a mezzanine level in the lobby with offices upstairs.
The projection suite was all one room which made prgramming this theatre very flexible, you could interlock 35mm prints between any ajoining auditoriums, on really big blockbusters you could run one 35mm print across a max of three projectors.
Hull was a hugely competative and over screeened market and when the UGC opened , both the UCI and Odeon lost a lot of market share.
The UCI was built on the banks of the Humber and the car park was prone to flooding.
The owners of the retail park it was built in wanted to expand the shops (for a DIY B&Q superstore) so a deal was done to close and demolish the UCI and neighbouring Megabowl.
The seating capacities listed are wrong, the cinema was built as a square footprint, there were six auditoriums across the back and two at the front. The capacities were (i think) 152, 134, 236, 292, 292, 236, 134, 152.