Grand Picture Theatre
10-12 Manchester Road,
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The Grand Picture Theatre was designed by Clifford Hickson of Stocks, Sykes and Hickson and opened on 14 March 1921.
It had 878 seats and was taken over by Union Cinemas chain who in turn became part of Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in 1937. The proscenium opening was 28 feet 6 inches wide and was never adapted for Cinemascope.
It closed on 6th June 1957 – probably because of its edge of town centre location, and was transformed into a nightclub first known as ‘Eros’ then later ‘Ivonhoe’s’. This closed in around 1992/93 and the auditorium was demolished with the splendid facade being incorporated into a supermarket.
What a pity they did not use the doors as the main entrance instead of bricking up all the windows and doors on the last remaining bit of the Grand Picture House.
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