Electra Cinema

48 High Street,
Cheadle, SK8 1AE

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Located in Cheadle, Cheshire, which is just seven miles south-west of Manchester, so today it is considered part of Greater Manchester. The Electra Picture House opened on 26th August 1912. It was operated by John Burns. A new facade was built in 1915 and in the 1920’s, it was remodeled.

In late-1929 it was equipped with a Western Electric sound system and Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool was screened.

In April 1936, the Electra Cinema was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain. ABC operated the Electra Cinema until 5th April 1954, when it was taken over by the Snape Circuit. They introduced part time bingo on several nights a week in the early 1960’s, but the Electra Cinema was closed in November 1963. It was demolished in mid-1965 and shop units have been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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davepring
davepring on October 26, 2012 at 4:40 am

I used to visit this cinema as a child.If a film was in cinemascope the masking had to be manually adjusted by a pully mechanism at the side of the proscenium curtains.Featuring mostly family friendly films at cheap prices this was a lovely small town cinema.

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