Grand Theatre

High Street,
Leek, ST13

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Previously operated by: Hutchinson Cinemas

Previous Names: Grand Theatre & Hippodrome, Hippodrome Theatre, New Grand Theatre

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Grand cinema, Leek. Photo by Keith Davis

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 remaining as the largest screen and the stalls split into two screens.

In 1983 screen 1 (the circle) became a bingo hall but films continued in the two downstairs auditoria.

On January 30, 1986 the Grand Theatre closed with “Santa Claus:The Movie”. 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

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Revs1954 on December 7, 2003 at 10:44 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 1:04 pm

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 on July 6, 2007 at 10:03 am

grainy bw photo i took shortly after closure

Mike_Blakemore on September 30, 2011 at 11:00 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 on September 30, 2011 at 11:03 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 10:48 am

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

DaveJ on June 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm

I was chief projectionist at the Grand from 1984 to 86 and showed the final film “Santa Claus the movie”. Just thought I`d correct a couple of things; 1. Conversion to three screens; screen one was in the circle and two and three in the stalls. 2.Screen 1 (old circle) was converted to bingo 1983/4 leaving two screens in the old stalls

DaveJ on June 27, 2017 at 10:06 am

Thanks for amending info in your description

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