Grand Cinema

West Street,
Crewe, CW2

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The Grand Picture Theatre opened on 4th March 1922 with Fanny Ward in “Common Clay”. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It had a 36 feet wide proscenium and the stage was 14 feet deep. There were two dressing rooms. The Grand Picture Theatre closed as a silent cinema on 27th June 1931 with “The Grey Devil”.

It was taken over by Mihaly Company Ltd, who installed their own make of sound system, and it re-opened as the Grand Cinema on 2nd July 1931 with Evelyn Burt in “Madonna of the Streets”. The building had been re-decorated and re-furbished ‘in atmospheric splendour’. In 1932 it was taken over by the H.D. Moorhouse Circuit and they installed a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system. In 1948 it was taken over by an independent operator.

The Grand Cinema was closed on 18th January 1958 with “Carry On Admiral” and “Kill Me Tomorrow”. The building was taken over by a tyre company and they remained in the building for many years until it was eventually demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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