Plaza Cinema

207 Oxford Road,
All Saints,
Manchester, M13 9SS

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Plaza Cinema c1970

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Located on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East, in the All Saints area, close to Manchester city centre. The La Scala Cinema was opened in 1919 with a seating capacity of 2,300. Initially the entrance was on Booth Street East, but it was soon moved around the corner to the main Oxford Road. The La Scala Cinema also had a ballroom and a cafe.

On 22nd August 1928, it was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain. Taken over by an independent operator in October 1945, it was re-named Roxy Cinema. It was closed in January 1958, for a total modernisation.

Re-opened as the Plaza Cinema on 27th February 1958 with Charlton Heston in "The Ten Commandments" presented in VistaVision, with Charlton Heston appearing ‘in person’ at this northern UK premiere presentation. The seating capacity had been reduced to 1,704.

Taken over by the Star Cinemas chain in April 1962, bingo was tried, but films also continued. In July 1965, the final programme was Dean Martin in "38-24-36"(Canzoni Nel Mondo) and Flora Romeiro in "How I Lived As Eve". It was demolished in 1970, and the Manchester Aquatics Centre was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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