Coliseum Theatre

132 Saltley Road,
Birmingham, B7 4TH

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Coliseum Theatre

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Located in the Saltley district of northeast Birmingham, at the corner of Saltley Road and Nechells Place at Saltley Viaduct. The Carlton Theatre was opened on 16th July 1900 as a live theatre, and was designed by architect Thomas Guest. The opening programme was The "Chas. W. Poole’s" Grand Myriorama, with The Pooleograph-‘the finest living picture machine ever invented’, plus a full variety bill. Seating was provided in pit stalls, dress circle and gallery levels and there were six boxes. There was a 27 feet wide proscenium and a 40 feet deep stage. In April 1911 it was re-named Birmingham Coliseum and Gaiety Theatre.

In 1921, it was converted into a full time cinema, and re-named Coliseum Theatre. Disaster struck in 1941, when a German bomb destroyed the cinema, killing 19 people. The remains of the theatre were demolished in 1945.

Today, the area where the theatre stood has been re-developed as an industrial estate.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm

A drawing and more details about the Carlton Theatre:
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Mike_Blakemore on February 26, 2017 at 6:26 am

On an odd note. Both Theatres designed by Thomas Guest got bombed in 1941 … Alexandra Theatre Hull

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