Leicester Colosseum

98-100 Melton Road,
Leicester, LE4 5EB

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Coliseum Cinema

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Located on the corner of Melton Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. The New Coliseum Cinema replaced the older Coliseum Picture Theatre a block away on Melton Road.

The New Coliseum Cinema was opened on 4th November 1933 with Eddie Cantor in "Kid Millions". This magnificent Art Deco style building had a seating capacity for 1,552, with 1,000 in stalls and 552 in the circle, and the proscenium was 35 feet wide. There was a stage for the presentation of variety performances. It was part of the H.D.M. chain of cinemas operated by H.D. Moorehouse.

Part-time bingo was introduced in 1964, and in 1968, the last films were screened and it became a full time Lucky 7 Bingo Club. Later taken over by the Rank Organisation, it became a Top Rank Bingo Club, which closed on 26th February 1989. The building lay empty and unused until 1991, when it was purchased by an Asian businessman and re-opened as a conference centre/banquet hall and boxing venue.

In the late-1990’s, it began screening ‘Bollywood’ films and was converted into a 3-screen cinema, renamed Capitol Cinema. By February 20002, a fourth screen was proposed, but this proved to be a false claim, as the Capitol Cinema was closed in late-February 2002. The building stood empty and unused until 2007, when it was renovated and reopened as the Leicester Colosseum, a 500-seat venue for wedding banquets and conferences/exhibitions, located in the former circle, and a shopping mall containing 32 units in the former stalls area. By April 2017 the building is unused and ‘For Sale’.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Birstall on January 8, 2014 at 3:35 am

This is the original Coliseum which is now called the Colosseum, a shopping Mall. Seems that the two need merging together.

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