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The Cross Lane Picture House opened on 28th September 1914 with “The Scales of Justice”. It has an attractive stone facade, and the auditorium is parallel to Cross Lane. The proscenium was 21 feet wide, and there were two dressing rooms.
It was re-named Plaza Cinema in 1933. The Plaza Cinema was later taken over by the Star Cinemas chain, based in Leeds, and was closed on 20th March 1963 with Ray Milland in “The Premature Burial”.
It was converted into a Lucky Diamond Bingo Club in April 1963. This was closed in 1980 but later re-opened as the Royal Bingo Club. In 2010, the building was converted into the Joshua Project, serving as a community facility for disaffected youth, giving advice and help as well as providing leisure facilities. The Joshua Project closed in September 2016.
A really nice local cinema. I used to go on Saturday mornings, built of red brick, with a small entrance foyer. Nice and comfortabe, with double seats at the back, which were popular with young courting couples.
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