Grand Theatre

High Street,
Leek, ST13

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Grand cinema, Leek. Photo by Keith Davis

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Located in Leek, Staffordshire. A small provincial town theatre dating from 1909. It was equipped with a stage 20 feet deep and had a 25 foot proscenium opening. There were 6 dressing rooms.

It was converted into a cinema in 1931. It became a triple screen cinema in the 1970’s with the circle being divided into 2 and the stalls remaining as the largest screen.

In 1985 screen 1 (the stalls) became a bingo hall but films continued in the two upstairs auditoria.

On January 30, 1986 the Grand Theatre closed. The following day all seats and equipped were stripped from the building. In 2003, the Grand Theatre was demolished and replaced by housing.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Revs1954
Revs1954 on December 7, 2003 at 2:44 pm

The theatre/cinema has now been demolished to make way for housing on the site.
R Martin. Leek

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 19, 2005 at 5:04 am

Originally opened in 1909 as the Grand Theatre & Hippodrome it became the Hippodrome Theatre in 1915. In 1931 it was re-modelled and began cinema use re-named the New Grand Theatre with a seating capacity of 1,758.

woody
woody on July 6, 2007 at 2:03 am

grainy bw photo i took shortly after closure
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/731116912/

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Correction Seating capacity was 662 when a single screen.. Before Hutchinson owning the Grand it was Buxton High Peak Entertainments Ltd., Converted to a Triple by Modernisation Ltd.,

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Buxton High peak also owned “The Regal” which was near by.. That had 621 seats Screen 21' wide. I visited Regal when the Bingowas stripped out.

Shaun Green
Shaun Green on May 29, 2012 at 2:48 am

Shaun Green on 1987 I took this photo of the Grand Cinema about 12 months after it closed for good.

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