Bruce Cinema

6 Newhall Street,
Princes End,
Tipton, DY4

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Previous Names: Picture House

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Bruce Cinema

Located in the Princes End district of Tipton, near Cosely in the West Midlands. Originally a Baptist Chapel built in 1871, it was converted into the Picture House, opening on 18th November 1912. Seating was provided on a single floor, with some on the seating on wooden benches, which survived until the mid-1940’s. The Picture House was equipped with a British Thomson Houston(BTH) sound system in around 1930.

It was re-named Bruce Cinema in 1948 after a renovation. Taken over by Mr & Mrs Woodruff in 1953, they employed Modernisation Ltd., headed by Mr. Friese-Green, to renovate the cinema.

It is thought the Bruce Cinema was closed on 26th May 1962, and was badly damaged by a fire on 31st May 1962. The building was demolished and housing has been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

ODEONesque on July 26, 2013 at 5:29 am

I live in Tipton and there is nothing like any of this photo around now and what is here is dying on its feet.

Mike_Blakemore on September 11, 2019 at 4:01 am

Mr Woodruff main job was Managing a Woolworths

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