ABC Hanley

18 Broad Street,
Hanley, ST1 4EU

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Mike_Blakemore on March 13, 2015 at 4:17 am

Hmm. Real ABC was a far more a successful company Profit wise then Rank Cinemas They had the better release with Warner.. MGM.. Paramount.. Then Rank had Fox and Universal with Disney at Holiday times.. The Quality of Old ABC’s New builds and refurbishments where of a very high standards compared with some of the EMI Moore-bird wrecking’s that where carried out. ABC used Modernisation Ltd., for most of the new build interiors

terry on March 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Cinven, the venture capitalists who backed the reformed ABC Chain, subsequently acquired Odeon following Rank’s disposal of that circuit (in rather the same manner in which Thorn-EMI parted with ABC) and, upon the advice of Industry Experts, opted to retain the ‘Odeon’ brand as it was superior.

Once upon a time that would have been very debatable especially in the days when ABC as a brand was as well known for TV as for cinemas and film production. However, by the time of the Cinven strategy, the ABC name was very much tarnished to say the least………

terry on March 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

EMI took over in 1969, long before tripling and even longer before the Cannon ‘back door’ take over of the circuit.

Mike_Blakemore on September 8, 2011 at 3:13 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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Ken Roe on February 8, 2011 at 10:10 am

The disused ABC in August 2006:
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:
Demolition completed in February 2008:
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