Majestic Cinema

Campbell Place,
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1LX

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ABC Majestic Cinema

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Located in the Staffordshire Potteries town of Stoke-on-Trent. The Majestic Cinema was opened on 13th April 1914. Seating was provided for 800 in the stalls and 200 in the circle. The interior of the building was decorated in Wedgewood style. The cinema also contained a café and ballroom.

The Majestic Cinema was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain on 9th December 1929. It was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system in 1930 and alterations were made to enlarge the building and the seating capacity was increased to 1,600. The ballroom became a dance studio, and the basement became a nightclub in the 1940’s.

In June 1955 it was equipped with CinemaScope, the first film screened in that process was “Brigadoon” starring Gene Kelly. The Majestic Cinema was closed on 30th November 1957 with Deborah Kerr in “Tea and Sympathy”.

The building was demolished in 1959. and the site remained empty for several years. By 1991 shops had been built there.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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