Lawn Cinema

19 Wanlip Lane,
Birstall, LE4 4JU

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Lawn Cinema

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Located in the village of Birstall to the north of Leicester. The New Lawn Cinema opened in 1936 with a Laurel & Hardy feature film. It was built for and operated by the owners of the Magna Cinema, Wigston Magna, and in 1937, they built the Oadby Cinema, Oadby. Seating in the Lawn Cinema was provided in stalls and circle levels.

The Lawn Cinema was closed in October 1970 with Frankie Howard in “Carry On Up the Jungle”. It was demolished and a Macfisheries supermarket was built on the site. This later became a Gateway, and today operates as a Somerfields supermarket.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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chrisstacey
chrisstacey on December 19, 2010 at 6:40 am

The Lawn cinema Leicester was built by my late fathers company JCW Stacey builders Ltd. He also built the constitutional club which is right opposite and still survies but regretably not the cinema which is now a supermarket, these were built about 1937 which is when my fathers business came to an end for some reason unknown to me. He also built lots of houses in Birstall. There is an advert still remaining on the side of 221 Loughborough road a little bit faded. If anyone has any photos or information please drop me a email at

Regards

Timmycarl

chrisstacey
chrisstacey on August 27, 2011 at 3:47 am

I have recently found out that my father built lots of houses in Wigston as well, Kingston Avenue and others in 1937. I think the Lawn cinema was built in 1936 not 1937 as I originally said. One of the hall marks of my fathers properties are man hole lids with Stacey builder Birstall cast on the top, has anyone out there got one they may wish to sell. My email is .

Chris Stacey

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 27, 2011 at 7:25 am

Thanks Chris,goodluck on the man hole covers.

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