Cannon Hull

132 Ferensway,
Hull, HU2 8LN

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Ron on November 20, 2018 at 10:45 am

Attaching a picture of the Opening Brochure,which also had a separate programme of the film, private life of Henry VIII. The cover of the programme shows an intended auditorium design which was to be used on the splay walls, between these black columns the recesses were to have hand painted scenes,however, gold decorative grills were used instead. Mollo & Egan who did the interior decoration used this idea many times especially for the Shipman & King circuit. Eugene Mollo also hand painted the Fire Safety Curtain.

Mike_Blakemore on June 1, 2016 at 10:09 am

Love that Interior Picture Terry. A Very fine example of a Robert Cromie’s work. The Prince of Wales Theatre London and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Remodel. Great building always end up having something insipid to replace them.

terry on June 1, 2016 at 6:54 am

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terry on September 2, 2014 at 5:34 am

From The British Pathe Library:– (Rolling Stones at ABC Hull )

MikeJC on March 18, 2014 at 4:06 am

Sad to say, none of the four manual, twenty-two rank Conacher organs survived. Bits do appear on the second-hand market from time to time.

ODEONesque on July 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

Sorry but what became of the Conacher organ? None too many of them about even in the heyday.

CSWalczak on November 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

A British Pathé Newsreel about the construction of this theatre can be seen here.

mum88 on July 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm

My mum and dad met when they worked at the “Regal” in the 1930s. Mum was an ice-cream girl and stood in the spotlight which was operated by my dad. Mum is now 88 but still remembers the film stars who visited and has photos of the staff.

belleahull on November 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm

My dad worked at abc frm the late 60,s till 1990,I spent every weekend and school holiday til i was 13yrs old.I knew every nook and cranny of that place was sad to see it go very happy memories of the place

PhilipW on October 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

How very, very sad – but thank you for the pictures, nontheless. I suddenly feel rather old [well, almost 60] and a long, long way from the 16 year old Management Trainee of 1965. John Fisher was the Manager and David Riby his Assistant.

What a sentimental old fool I have become.

JKF06 on September 19, 2008 at 5:12 am

There’s some more pictures of mine on Flickr, including scans of the architect’s floor plans:

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JKF06 on October 2, 2006 at 9:57 pm

I was contract administrator for the demolition contract for this building and had access to it for several years previously. The interior was in a fairly poor condition, particularly adjacent to the back wall where blocked drainage had resulted in a lot of water penetration. The place was about six inches deep in pigeon droppings too, not visible in the photo linked above as it had to be cleared before demolition for health and safety reasons! There was a lot of asbestos to clear too, which held up the contract.

The cinema closed in 1989, one of the last films was ‘The Living Daylights’ (I found a rather battered poster in the foyer).

I have copies of the original architects floor plans, produced by Robert Cromie of Baker Street, London.

There are a few photos at

tiger2000 on June 11, 2006 at 11:17 pm

Here’s a photo I took during the demolition of the ABC in the Summer of 2004. As you can see the main audotorioum is open to the elements thatnks to the big hole in the side of the building.


steveking on January 12, 2006 at 3:42 am

I was second projectionist at the Tivoli and we shared the same news with the Regal/ABC which sometimes was quite a rush if both film programmes clashed. I also remember projectionists Charlie Abrahams and Clive Leeman. Charlie was killed when he fell from the top of the stage as he leant accross the top of the screen to mend the bobbins on the screen curtains. Later I was based at the Regal and was relief projectionist working the other three ABC cinemas, Rex, Royalty and Regis. ABC sold their Rialto Cinema on Beverly Road to Hull Cinemas when the National was bombed in 1941. The Rialto then became the National until it finally bit the dust in the late fifties. ABC had closed the Rialto when war broke out and it remained disused until Hull Cinemas took it over. BARRIE WILSON

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Ken Roe on October 25, 2005 at 4:47 am

A view of the auditorium (front stalls area) just as the demolition crew are moving in:
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PhilipW on January 11, 2005 at 12:01 pm

How very sad. My late, Great Uncle Harold Cundall was a Director of the company that built the Theatre. It opened with Korda’s ‘Henry VIII’ with, of course, Charles Laughton [almost a local boy] and Merle Oberon attended the event [Laughton did not].

My very first job was as a Trainee Manager, in 1965/6 [My Fair Lady was playing]and I remember many pop shows – indeed, I recall queuing all night to purchase tickets for the Beatles concerts in ‘63 or '64.

I also vividly recall all of those 2553 seats being sold out, with queues around the block, for popular films such as ‘The Family Way’ – as well as most of them being left empty for ‘Stop the World….’!

Ian on June 8, 2004 at 7:08 am

For rav :–

Sorry – did not see your comment until now – is it too late? Contact me on if you are still interested. Not that I have a great deal from this building :–(

Ian on June 8, 2004 at 7:05 am

Visiting Hull on 7th June 2004 I was surprised to see the Cannon is still standing – the demolition crew are working but little progress seems to have been made on the cinema. – the adjoining shops however have gone giving a side view of the cinema never before seen.

raviolli on April 12, 2004 at 2:05 pm

hi this a message for Ian Grundy, im doing a college project about cinemas in Hull and i was wondering if yiou had any other interior pictures of the inside of the cannon cinema. Ive tried looking on the Internet but all i could find was this website, i would be really greatfull if you could provede me with pictures old or new as iam very interested in what the cinema looked liked inside, thanks alot Rav.

Ian on February 26, 2004 at 9:47 am

As predicted the site has now been cleared (during December / January 2003/4. There will be a new theatre constructed as part of the Ferensway Development which will become the home of Hull Truck Theatre.

I had the opportunity to tour the building before demolition and very surprisingly the poor state of the brickwork as viewed from the outside did not seem to have resulted in ANY interior damage to the auditorium which had been left fully seated and looked almost ready for a screening! The stage was also intact with its full height flytower.