Roxy Cinema

Nelson Place,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5

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Located in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, on Nelson Place at the corners of King Street and George Street. The building was originally the Theatre Royal, built in 1787. It became the Newcastle and Pottery Theatre, and was converted into the Cinema Theatre, opening on 14th May 1910 by the London Cinematograph Company.

Renovations were carried out in 1912, and it was re-named Newcastle Cinema. More renovations followed in 1922 when it came under new ownership. In 1930 it was taken over by M & M Cinemas of Paddington, London and re-named Plaza Cinema. Taken over by Robert Beresford in 1934, he died in 1936, and his family continued to operate the Plaza Cinema until 1946 when they sold it to the Southan Morris chain of SM Super Cinemas, and it was re-named Roxy Cinema. SM Super Cinemas were taken over by the Essoldo chain and they operated the Roxy Cinema until it closed on 23rd November 1957 with “The Creature Walks Among Us”

The Roxy Cinema was demolished in 1963, and offices were built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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David Rayner
David Rayner on March 3, 2016 at 6:48 am

The Chief Projectionist at the Roxy when it closed on Saturday, November 23rd,1957, was Jimmy Stockton and he had already applied to become chief at Focus, Longton, Stoke on Trent, the job to start on Monday, November 25th. The odd thing was that the last film that Jimmy ran at the Roxy was the X certificate horror opus “The Creature Walks Among Us”, which played a week at the Roxy and which Jimmy would run again for a week at the Focus, commencing on Monday, December 2nd, 1957. It seems that the creature followed him from the Roxy to the Focus and that it may well have been the same copy of the film on both occasions.

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