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Architects: William Stockdale
The Albion Cinema was designed by architect William Stockdale and was built of red brick and had a white glazed Hathernware detailing on the façade. The foundation stone was laid in 1913 and the cinema opened on 2nd February 1914. Seating in the auditorium was in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 28 feet wide and the stage 18 feet deep. There were also dressing rooms provided for artistes.
Kinematograph Year Book(KYB) 1914 lists “Albion Assembly Rooms”, proprietor “Dickman”. This though, was a different building.
KYB 1931 has the owners as “Albion Cinema Ltd” and RCA sound has been installed. The first ‘talkie screened was “Mother’s Boy” starring Morton Downey on 16th September 1929.
KYB 1942 has that there were 1,078 seats and that the proscenium was 38ft wide, the stage was 21ft deep and there were 4 dressing rooms.
KYB 1947 repeats the information but drops the capacity to 1,070 seats.
KYB 1954 has the capacity as 1,034 seats (possibly a row, or two, lost due to a wide-screen installation). The first CinemaScope film screened at the Albion Cinema was Doris Day in “Lucky Me” on 27th December 1954.
The Albion Cinema was closed on 5th March 1976.
A block of flats known as Norfolk Court was built on the site in the late-1970’s.
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