Alhambra Cinema

32 High Street,
Bilston, WV14 0EP

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Alhambra Cinema

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The Alhambra Cinema was opened around November 1912. The entrance on High Street was along a parade of shops, and had no distinguishing features. All seating was on a single sloping floor. The proscenium was 22 feet wide, the stage 7 feet deep and there were two dressing rooms.

It was taken over by Joseph Wood & Sons in 1921, and they operated it until 1927. After then it was under several owners. In 1952, it was taken over by Mr & Mrs Woodruff, and they employed the firm Modernisation Ltd, to refurbish the cinema in a modern style.

In the early-1960’s, part time bingo was tried, and East Indian (Bollywood) films were shown on Sunday’s. The Alhambra Cinema closed as a regular cinema in around the end of 1963. It was sold to a local Indian businessman and became a private members club, screening Indian films. By operating as a club, a Cinematograph Licence was not required. It continued to operate until the early-1970’s when it was ‘temporarily closed’ for refurbishment. This never happened and the building was eventually converted into retail use selling clothing. In recent years, the auditorium has been demolished, but the front section of the building remain, in the mid-2000’s in use as EM Italia furniture store.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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