26 Senhouse Street,
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Located in Maryport, Cumbria. The building on the corner of Senhouse Street and High Street was originally built in the 1830’s as a bank. In 1933, it was converted into the Carlton Cinema, by adding a 640-seat auditorium at the rear on High Street. The operators were the Graves Brothers.
The Carlton Cinema was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system around 1929, and in 1955 it was equipped with CinemaScope. It was closed in the early-1960’s and converted into a bingo club. This had closed by 1993.
The building was purchased by the Civic Society and soon after was damaged by a fire. In 1998, money from the National Lottery helped fund a restoration of the building. By 2002, there was talk of it being converted into a nightclub, but this never happened. The building was still empty and unused in 2005. In 2008, plans were proposed for it to be converted into a ceramics factory, with a gift shop and café in the former foyer. This opened in May 2009.
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