New Oxford Theatre

36-38 Oxford Street,
Manchester, M1 5EJ

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New Oxford Theatre

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This Manchester city centre cinema opened as the Oxford Picture House on 15th December 1911 with film of “Captain Scott’s Expedition to the South Pole”. It was built for and operated by the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) chain.

The building is located on the corner of Oxford Road and Chepstow Street, and was located next to the (now demolished Hippodrome/Gaumont) and across the road from the (now closed Paramount/Odeon). It has an attractive red brick and red terra cotta facade, with the name ‘The Picture House’ located in the stonework above the entrance. Inside the auditorium, the lower parts of the side walls were wood panelled, with the upper parts covered with tapestries.

It was re-named Oxford Theatre in April 1927, and in August 1927 it was re-named New Oxford Theatre. It was taken over by the Gaumont British Theatres chain in February 1929.

Taken over by the J.F. Emery Circuit in August 1931, they operated the New Oxford Cinema until 1946. It was equipped to screen CinemaScope films in 1953, and became (together with the Deansgate Cinema) the home of 20th Century Fox films in central Manchester.

The New Oxford Theatre was taken over by the Rank Organisation on 12th June 1960, and was their roadshow house, playing long runs of “Ben Hur” and other blockbusters. In later years after this type of film dried up, and the Odeon over the road had been twinned and the Gaumont next door converted into a nightclub, the New Oxford Theatre played less popular films. It was closed on 25th October 1980 with David Carradine in "The Long Riders".

In the mid-1980’s it was converted into a MacDonalds Restaurant, which remains open in 2010.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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woody
woody on October 3, 2010 at 1:09 am

seen here in 1985 still closed and for sale
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/65274528/
and same shot in 2010 with the gaumont long gone
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3969324195/
photo from the late 80’s of the gaumont with the Oxford to the right
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/65274525/

woody
woody on October 3, 2010 at 1:12 am

apparently the barrel vaulted ceiling with its decorative plasterwork remains and is a training centre for McDonalds staff, the separate entry is at the rear of the building

Ian
Ian on August 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm

A 1988 shot here – newly trashed to become McDonalds

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