Savoy Cinema

High Street,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5

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Newcastle under Lyme Savoy in July 2005

The King’s Hall Picturdrome was located in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. It opened on 10th February 1913 with “The Count of Monte Cristo”, plus variety acts on the stage. It initially had 1,000 seats. The entrance was via a 100 feet long glazed arcade. It was re-named Savoy Cinema on 28th February 1927 after a refurbishment.

Taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain in 1932. The Savoy Cinema was closed on 11th April 1964 with “Goliath and the Barbarians”. It was converted into an Alpha Bingo Club, later a Surewin Bingo Club operated by the Hutchinson bingo group.

On 4th December 1975, the former circle was re-opened by an independent operator as the 200-seat Savoy Cinema with Paul Newman in “The Towering Inferno”. The former stalls area had been converted into a health club and a snooker club. It was closed in February 1991.

Contributed by Shaun Green

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Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on June 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm

The Cinema In the Circle was done by Hutchinson Lesiure.. “Surewin” was the Bingo brand of Hutchinhsons. The spliting was done by Modernisation Ltd., It was a good quality Job.. You could not tick off your Bingo card at the same time as watching the Film :o) The Decor of the Cinema was the same as the Plaza Rhyl. Matt Black with silver Grey Tabs.. Westrex Projection. Orcon Xenon. Westrex Trans sound…

Ian
Ian on June 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

Photo’s from circa 1989:–

SAVOY EXTERIOR

SAVOY INTERIOR

hhpy
hhpy on June 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

Newcastle-under-Lyme is NOT one of the SIX potteries town in Staffordshire (they are Hanley, Stoke, Fenton, Burslem, Longton and Tunstall). The Potters will say they are “crossing the border” if they go to Newcastle from Stoke.

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