46 Warstones Road,
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Located on a 1930’s housing estate in the Penn suburb, southwest of Wolverhampton. The Penn Cinema was opened on 27th December 1937 with The Marx Brothers in “A Day At The Races”. The Penn Cinema was a project of the Penn Cinema Company, formed by Birmingham based accountant and cinema owner B.T. Davis, together with architect Roland Satchwell who designed the building, and other local businessmen.
The facade of the cinema was in brick with a central section over the entrance in white stone, which had five vertical windows, allowing light into the circle foyer. Inside the auditorium, seating was provided in stalls and circle levels.
The Penn Cinema was always operated by the independent Penn Cinema Company who kept it well maintained, even to the end when it was closed on 24th March 1973 with the British comedy film “Ooh…You Are Awful” starring Dick Emery. The owners had been made an ‘offer they couldn’t refuse’ for the site, and it was demolished for a supermarket to be built. Initially a MacMarket, then International Stores, in 2011, it is a Somerfield supermarket.
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