Triangle Cinema

12 Gosta Green,
Aston Triangle,
Birmingham, B4 7ER

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Triangle Arts Centre and the Sack of Potatoes, 1991

The Delicia Cinema opened on 5th November 1923, next to the Sack of Potatoes Pub, in the Gosta Green area of inner Birmingham. At the time, the neighbourhood consisted of streets of back to back housing.

After the war, the area was cleared of housing and replaced by what would become Aston University. The cinema closed and was taken over by the BBC for use as television studios. The BBC remained until the Pebble Mill studios opened in 1971.

Aston University took over the empty building and used it as an arts centre, later housing the Birmingham Arts Lab in 1976. In February 1983 it became the Triangle Arts Centre with music and drama. Art house films were shown in the Triangle Cinema, housed in a smaller brick box style building to the back and side of the main building. At some time the main auditorium was demolished, leaving the distinctive frontage and the Triangle cinema. The Triangle cinema closed in 1994. However, Dillons (later Waterstones), opened a bookstore in the frontage.

The building has been empty since 2003, and will now be redeveloped as a waste-fuelled power plant.

Contributed by Paul Stephenson

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Paul Stephenson
Paul Stephenson on November 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Dave Harte posted a video he made in 1988 of the Triangle Cinema, including shots inside the original auditorium, then set out for University exams.

His blog entry and the video directly on Youtube.

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