Grosvenor Cinema

137 Grosvenor Street,
Manchester, M1 7DZ

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Grosvenor Cinema All Saints Manchester

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The Grosvenor Picture Palace lies just outside Manchester city center in the All Saints/University area of the city, and has dominated the corner of Oxford Road and Grosvenor Street since opening on 19th May 1915 with Blanche Forsythe in “Jane Shore”(The Eternal Strife).

Operated for many years by the H.D. Moorehouse chain, it survived unaltered and without major incident until it was acquired by Star Cinemas Group in the early-1960’s joining the nearby Regal Twins (now Dancehouse Theatre).

Star introduced Bingo and, for a time, the building operated as a dual cine-bingo operation until the last film show came on May 18th, 1968 with “Passionate Demons” & “Attack of the Crab Monsters”. Bingo took over completely, the Grosvenor Cinema had still not been altered from opening.

Bingo, too, failed and it became a Riley’s Snooker Club for several years. After a few years of being boarded up the first major changes were made to the building when it was converted to the Footage and Firkin public house (Bar). However much of the interior, including the balcony, vaulted ceiling and much plasterwork survives today.

Since the 1990’s, the Grosvenor Cinema has been designated by English Heritage a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 18, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Here is a 2008 close-up view.

woody
woody on May 19, 2008 at 2:12 am

here is a shot taken in 1985-ish when it was Rileys snooker hall.
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when it was converted into a bar, large holes were punched in the walls for windows and the beautiful iron canopy that ran right round the exterior was removed

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 15, 2008 at 1:09 pm

This is another exterior photo.

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