Royal Picture House

Anchor Road and Amison Street,
Longton, ST3 5EP

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Royal Picture House

In Longton, one of the six Pottery towns that comprise Stoke-on-Trent, the Royal Picture House, at the junction of Anchor Road and Amison Street, is not listed in the 1914 Kinematograph Year Book, but it is in the 1927 edition as the Royal Picture Theatre. The owner was then listed as Anchor Road Picture House Ltd., the managing director being A. Cecil Banks.

By the 1940 edition, ownership had transferred to Regal Cinema (Longton) Ltd. A proscenium width of 20ft was recorded.

By the 1953 edition, the owner was shown as F. Follows, of nearby Burslem.

It was still open in 1954, but had closed by 1963. When I visited, in September 2003, the building appeared to be closed up, though well maintained. More recently, it has become home to ‘Vets 4 Pets’ veterinarian practice.

Contributed by David Simpson

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David Rayner
David Rayner on January 31, 2016 at 1:16 am

I only went there once, as a 12 year old in May, 1959, to see “Rockets Galore”, an Eastman Colour Rank comedy and a Universal International CinemaScope and Eastman Colour Western, “Last of the Fast Guns”. I remember it as having a very wide CinemaScope screen.

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