ABC Hanley

18 Broad Street, Hanley,
Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4EU

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ABC Hanley

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The ABC Cine-Bowl was opened on 23rd August 1963 with Charlie Drake in "The Cracksman". The 1,320-seat cinema had all its seats on a single level, and was located upstairs from the 28-lane ABC 10-Pin Bowling Alley. Organist Peter Kilby played the ABC’s touring Hammond elecronic organ. The Todd-AO screen was 60 feet wide x 20 feet high, with the CinemaScope ratio being 47 feet wide and the same height, and ordinary widescreen was 37 feet wide.

In May 1977, it was closed for tripling, and re-opened on 25th August 1977 with three screens, seating 573, 233 and 162. In late-1979 the ABC chain were taken over by EMI, and then in 1985 the Cannon Group took over and it was re-named Cannon. Taken over by ABC again in a management buy out in the late-1990’s, it was again re-named ABC.

Odeon Theatres took over the chain in 2000, and they quickly closed the ABC on 10th December 2000. The 10-pin bowl had become a nightclub, and finally a casino. The building stood empty for several years, and was demolished in February 2008.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

The disused ABC in August 2006:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianb57/205914553/
Foyer & bar area at opening in August 1963:
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Auditorium at its opening in August 1963:
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Same day, with the cleaners lights on:
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Demolition begins at the end of August 2007:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/efsb/1304451250/
Demolition completed in February 2008:
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Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Odeon Chain Did not take over ABC 2000… ABC took over Odeon.. ABC then renamed Cinemas Odeon as it was a better branding….

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