Theatre Royal Cinema

Corporation Street,
Hyde, SK14

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Opened as a live theatre on 3rd November 1902, the New Theatre Royal had 1,200 seats, a stage 35 feet deep and the proscenium was 28 feet wide. It was leased as a cinema from 1914 when it was renamed the New Royal Cinema.

It had a large stage and two balconies which curved around the auditorium returning to the stage wall.

It stayed as a cinema for most of the time – a repertory theatre company was set up for two years in 1950. Pantomime and occasional weeks of shows – usually variety – were regular features throughout.

However this ended in October 1972 when the stage area was converted into Cinema 2 leaving the original auditorium as Cinema 1 in very nearly its original design (the proscenium had at some time been widened).

Both cinemas closed on 17th January 1985 and demolition was only just averted by the building gaining a Grade II Listed status in April 2000.

Restoration as a theater has been mooted – as has reopening as a Asian cinema for the sizeable local Asian population, but to-date, the building has remained unused.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 16, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Here are some recent photos of Theatre Royal.

keiths
keiths on May 27, 2009 at 2:24 am

Is all that stuff REALLY still inside? The projection box looks as though it was last used yesterday!

jennyorganist
jennyorganist on August 8, 2009 at 3:20 am

Latest news is that the LTOT Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust is looking to install the ex Davenport Compton theatre organ into the Theatre Royal Hyde. This is really exciting news which I hope comes off.

See here http://www.ltot.org.uk/royal.htm

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