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Seedley Cinema

Langworthy Road,
Seedley,
Salford, M6

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Located in the Seedley district of Salford, on the east side of Langley Road, opposite Seedley Railway Station (closed in 1956 and now demolished). The Seedley Picture Palace was opened on 26th May 1913 with “Lorna Doone”. It was built for and operated by C.W. Bowmer. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It was soon renamed Seedley Cinema. Around 1930 it was equipped with a British Talking Pictures(BTP) sound system.

Mr Bowmer died in 1935 and the Seedley Cinema was taken over by the H.D. Moorhouse Circuit. It was closed in December 1940 with Mae West and W.C. Fields in “My Little Chickadee”. The building had suffered damage from a German landmine which landed on nearby Royal Street, and the roof was set on fire. The fire was extinguished, but the cinema did not re-open. Shortly afterwards the building was gutted by a fire begun by children playing with film in the projection box, when they set a reel of film alight.

After World War II, the building was used as a storage warehouse, and was demolished in the early-1970’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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