ABC Bolton

51 Churchgate,
Bolton, BL1 1LY

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The Capitol Cinema was opened on 13th February 1929 with Dolores del Rio in "Ramona". Designed by the Liverpool based architectural firm of Gray & Evans for an independent operator. It was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain on 26th July 1935.

Structural alterations were carried out in July 1956, and in August 1962, it was re-named ABC. The ABC was closed on 1st October 1977 with Barbra Streisand in "A Star Is Born".

It was converted into a bingo club, which was not a great success, and soon closed. The building was sold to a local sports consortium and converted into squash courts in the former stalls seating area, with the balcony area disused. The squash courts remained open for nine years, then the building was demolished in January 1988, and an office building named Capitol House was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 27, 2011 at 5:37 am

A vintage photograph of the ABC in 1967:
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HJHill
HJHill on May 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

There is silent film footage of the opening day, Wednesday 13 February 1929, at the Huntley Archive on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSjITqG0rd

(I wish I knew how to do links on here.)

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