Pavilion Cinema

17 Old Church Street,
Manchester, M20 2JE

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Located in the suburb of Newton Heath, northeast of Manchester city centre. The Pavilion Cinema was opened on 18th June 1914, and was on Old Church Street, next to the canal.

The Pavilion Cinema was taken over by the J.F. Emery Circuit in 1933 but they only operated it for a year. It was an independent cinema throughout the rest of its life. In 1938, the modern Magnet Super Cinema was built and opened next door, but the Pavilion Cinema outlasted its new neighbour, and closed two years after the Magnet Super Cinema on 3rd May 1964, with Rock Hudson in "This Earth is Mine" and Audie Murphy in "No Name on the Bullet". It was demolished and a Lidl Supermarket now stands on the site. A roadway entrance to the Lidl Supermarket car-park is where the Magnet Cinema once stood.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Stephenson on April 24, 2012 at 4:28 am

Hi, The Pavilion opened on June 18th,1914. I know this because my Grandfather, William Stephenson, built and ran this cinema. I still have the Rose Bowl presented to him by Messrs C.Macfarlane & Sons, builders of the cinema. Regards BILL STEPHENSON

Penny17 on November 1, 2015 at 5:29 am

My father saw his first ‘talking picture’ at this cinema in 1921. I believe that short sound films featuring vaudeville and opera stars were made in the early 1920s. Is the William Stephenson who built this cinema the same person who was part of the Failsworth Co-operative Society and connected with the laundries?

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