Cameo Cinema

16 Oxford Street,
Manchester, M1

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Located in Manchester city centre opposite the Paramount/Odeon on Oxford Street. The Manchester News Theatre was opened in 1936 by the Jacey Cinemas chain. Operating on a diet of newsreels, short subjects and cartoons, it had a 22 feet wide proscenium.

It continued to operate as a news theatre, known as the Tatler Theatre, until closing on 30th September 1967. Two weeks later in October 1976, it re-opened as the Manchester Film Theatre with the 1935 French film "La Kermesse Heroique". It was operated by the British Film Institute as one of their regional film theatres. It was closed in April 1973.

In August 1973, it was re-opened as the Film Theatre, and was soon re-named Jacey Film Theatre, screening art house films. This venture failed and it was re-named Cameo Cinema, and specialised in sex and horror films, but in school holidays, it screened family Disney films.

The Cameo Cinema was closed on 22nd October 1981, and was later demolished. The new building on the site, in 2010 houses the Cameolord Pharmacy.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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