Casino Cinema

164 Wilmslow Road,
Manchester, M14 5LQ

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Located in the Rusholme district of Manchester on Wilmslow Road at the corner of Stone Place, opposite Dickenson Road. There had been a cinema operating on this site since 1916. In 1922, the Casino Cinema was built for Ben Kanter. It was one of the new breed of ‘super cinemas’ being built at that time, and opened on 6th March 1922.

The exterior of Casino Cinema had a curved recessed bay, with a central section containing an arched window topped by a pediment. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels and the proscenium was 35 feet wide. The cinema boasted a ballroom and a cafe. It was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain on 1st July 1929.

It was a successful cinema, and continued until a fateful night on 20th October 1960, when it was destroyed by a fire. The final fims shown were Anthony Newley in "In the Nick" and Dick Clark in "Because They’re Young". The remains of the building were later demolished and today a Charles Wilson car dealership operates from the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 am

A vintage photograph of the Casino Cinema in March 1958 (playing the Odeon circuit release):
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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm

ABC: Associated British Cinemas were the best cinema chain and had the most distinctive Neon signs, indicating the cinema’s name across the center.

It was a shame when they dropped all of their names and went with just ABC where ever. Everything, today, seems to be just bland initials!

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